Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said a Labor government would create the Industrial Lands Authority, which would be responsible for the management and development of industry and technology estates such as Neerabup’s Meridian Park.
He said the park was only partially developed and the authority would streamline approvals and remove red tape.
“The Industrial Lands Authority will drive the development of new industries and new jobs as part of a more diversified WA economy,” he said.
“We need to slash red tape and duplication to remove barriers to investment and encourage innovative technologies and new industries.”
Labor’s candidate for the Wanneroo electorate, Sabine Winton, said it represented an exciting opportunity.
“It has huge potential for employment in Wanneroo. It will provide encouragement for investment in smart technology and in innovative areas,” she said.
Lands Minister Terry Redman said the 400ha park was being developed through a partnership between LandCorp and the City of Wanneroo as part of the broader 1000ha Neerabup industrial area.
Mr Redman said LandCorp had structure-planned the entire space and worked with other government agencies to co-|ordinate infrastructure.
“Both of these initiatives will facilitate the private sector developing the remaining 600ha of land,” he said.
Mr Redman said that when fully developed, the area would generate up to 20,000 jobs, with more than 60 lots created for industrial land use so far.
“Meridian Park is expected to meet the industrial land needs of the growing northern corridor for the next 20 to 30 years,” he said.
“As local residential areas continue to grow, this provides opportunities for new businesses to provide goods and services.”
He said the agency worked successfully with the private sector to deliver industrial land.
“LandCorp has invested more than $300 million in development expenditure for the provision of industrial land over the past three years,” he said.
“The agency has delivered 127ha of industrial land in the past five years,which has facilitated the creation of at least 10,000 jobs.”