In­dus­trial park set to fo­cus on trade

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The City of Kar­ratha is ex­plor­ing the idea of estab­lish­ing an in­dus­trial park to pro­mote the trade re­la­tion­ship be­tween Aus­tralia and China.

At the re­cent EastxWest Pil­bara Kim­ber­ley fo­rum held in China, the City pledged sup­port for a plan to build a China Aus­tralia Busi­ness Park in Lan­shan Dis­trict, Rizhao, as well as to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing a sim­i­lar park in the Kar­ratha area.

The park is in­tended to be a hub for im­port and ex­port ser­vices around port in­fra­struc­ture and bol­ster in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween the two coun­tries in light of the China Aus­tralia Free Trade Agree­ment.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said though a prospec­tive busi­ness park was some time off, the coun­cil al­ready had some pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions in mind.

“This is a very long-term project that will take sig­nif­i­cant plan­ning, but it is pos­si­ble that a park like this could be ac­com­mo­dated in the strate­gic in­dus­trial area around the fu­ture An­ketell Port, which al­ready has sig­nif­i­cant Chi­nese in­vest­ment,” he said.

“We will con­tinue work­ing on the idea, how­ever the cur­rent pri­or­ity is to ad­vo­cate for the park in our sis­ter city in China.”

The busi­ness park is part of a suite of pro­grams the City is con­sid­er­ing for pro­mot­ing the Aus­tralia-China re­la­tion­ship at a lo­cal level, along with school, sports and cul­tural ex­change pro­grams to China.

Pic­ture: Ben Leahy

At­ten­dees of the EASTxWEST lo­cal govern­ment fo­rum in China tour Shen­zhen's Qian­hai free trade zone.

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