City fears losing industrial area

The Kwinana Industrial Area. Picture: Neil Mulligan
The Kwinana Industrial Area. Picture: Neil Mulligan

The City passed a motion opposing a submission by Western Trade Coast Industries Committee (WTCIC) to the Local Government Advisory Board, requesting the entire WTC be under the control of one local government.

The WTC spans the cities of Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham, and includes industry like BHP Billiton Nickelwest and Alcoa Refinery. WTCIC proposed the whole trade coast fall under the City of Kwinana, which had a record of dealing well with industry.

In a report to council, City officers said the proposal to remove the East Rockingham industrial area from the City’s jurisdiction had ‘no proper planning basis’.

The report said while there were recognised flaws with industry dealing with three local government areas, the proposal was contrary to the State Government reform model that would have the City remain with its current boundaries and Kwinana merge with a dissected City of Cockburn.

It also questioned WTCIC’s authority and legal status to make a submission to the board.

The City and WTCIC have been in a long battle after a City proposal for a residential development near the Kwinana Industrial Area buffer near Patterson Road.

Kwinana Industries Council, which sits on the WTCIC, submitted a proposal that if Kwinana merged with another council, it preferred the government form a separate entity to govern WTC.