KIC tries again for spe­cial in­dus­try area

Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

KWINANA In­dus­tries Coun­cil has lodged a re­newed ap­pli­ca­tion to cre­ate a Spe­cial Con­trol Area to guar­an­tee land ac­cess for new in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing the outer har­bour plan, in the West­ern Trade Coast.

The move fol­lows a re­cent re­port from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity as­sess­ing the im­pact of dust in Man­do­galup which could pave the way for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment near the in­dus­trial precinct.

KIC di­rec­tor Chris Oughton said the WTC was WA’s most strate­gi­cally im­por­tant pri­mary heavy in­dus­trial area, gen­er­at­ing about $16 bil­lion an­nu­ally.

But Mr Oughton said the de­vel­op­ment of “sen­si­tive or in­com­pat­i­ble land uses” within the in­dus­try pro­tec­tion area could ad­versely af­fect the eco­nomic po­ten­tial for the State.

He said he was also con­cerned that it could limit the po­ten­tial of the pro­posed outer har­bour de­vel­op­ment.

It is the se­cond time the KIC has lodged an ap­pli­ca­tion with the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to cre­ate the SCA.

Mr Oughton said the first ap­pli­ca­tion, lodged in 2013, was “never ap­proved, de­clined or pro­gressed”.

“The KIC in­tends to work closely with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to proac­tively pro­tect the fu­ture of the WTC,” he said.

“We con­sider the for­mal in­tro­duc­tion of a Spe­cial Con­trol Area to be the most ef­fec­tive strat­egy to pre­vent fu­ture land use con­flicts around the WTC.”

The cre­ation of a spe­cial con­trol area was a pub­lic process.

“The WAPC will call for pub­lic sub­mis­sions prior to mak­ing a de­ci­sion,” Mr Oughton.

“In­dus­try sup­ports this open and trans­par­ent ap­proach and strongly en­cour­ages the WAPC to ac­cept the ap­pli­ca­tion and to ini­ti­ate the statu­tory process.”

He added that there was a need to pro­vide statu­tory pro­tec­tion to the West­ern Trade Coast to fu­ture-proof its growth.

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