THE State Government has released for public comment plans to formalise a protection area around one of WA’s most important industrial areas in Kwinana and Rockingham.
Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett released a draft of the Planning and Development Legislation Amendment (Western Trade Coast Protection Area) Bill 2015, saying it would resolve ongoing uncertainties for landowners and industry.
The Western Trade Coast includes the Kwinana Industrial Area, Rockingham Industry Zone, Latitude 32 Industry Area and the Australian Marine Complex.
“This Bill is intended to provide certainty for land use planning around the Western Trade Coast industrial area, which is a vital driver for the State’s economy, employing thousands of people,” Mr Barnett said.
“It will also protect the Western Trade Coast from encroaching residential development, and help to provide some separation between industrial activities and new sensitive land uses.”
Planning Minister John Day said the proposed regulations would prevent new sensitive land uses like residential housing, short-stay accommodation, hospitals, schools and child care centres within the protection area.
“However, this proposal would still allow non-sensitive land uses like business and commercial activities, and would only affect new developments rather than existing approved land uses.”
Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton said the legislation was an important planning tool that would help protect WA’s premier industrial area and future residents from future land-use conflicts.
“This legislation will not only help to secure the amenity of our local community, it will also help provide clarity and certainty for local industry,” he said.
“This industry contributes around $16 billion to the State economy each year and provides employment for more than 30,000 West Australians, more than 60 per cent of whom live in the surrounding area.
“The industrial buffer has been instrumental in the successful co-existence of community and industry in Kwinana since the 1950s and is one of the critical aspects that sets the Kwinana industrial area apart from any other industrial area in Australia.”