Local employment is driver for growth

MOORE MHR Ian Goodenough talked about the 1000-hectare Neerabup industrial area in Federal Parliament last month.

‘Local employment self-sufficiency is one of the most important issues in my suburban electorate,’ he said. ‘The majority of the working population is faced with commuting long distances to work each day on congested roads, at considerable expense and loss of productivity.

‘When fully developed, the (Neerabup industrial area) is expected to create 20,000 new jobs, add $7.9 billion to the gross state product.

‘This area has the potential to meet the local employment needs for the steadily growing populations within the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup for many years to come.’

Mr Goodenough said investment since 2008 included a $436 million NewGen gas-fired power station and $110 million Wesbeam manufacturing plant.

However, he said the bureaucratic environmental approvals process and infrastructure provision had generally delayed development.

The MP said the Mitchell Freeway and Neerabup Road extensions, as well as upgrades to Flynn Drive and other road projects, were critical to improving traffic movement around the industrial area.