West Mundijong to become new 'industrial hub'
Re-zoning in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale will allow the state government to develop a new "major economic gateway" near one of WA's picturesque outer suburbs.
Premier Mark McGowan and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti made the announcement on Sunday, and said the West Mundijong area will act as a key link between the Inner Harbour and the planned Outer Harbour precincts.
The Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment 1298/41 meant 449ha has been rezoned from rural to industrial, and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale supported the measure by amending its town planning scheme to allow for the development.
Premier McGowan said the decision to base the new industrial hub in West Mundijong was made to "support the sky-rocketing population".
“Creating jobs close to where people live is an important aspect of a strong community," he said.
“Byford’s population has sky-rocketed in the last decade and it’s only right that we plan for future employment hubs near our new, growing suburbs."
The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale recorded a population increase of 50 per cent between 2011 and 2016.
"The McGowan Government places a high priority on driving industrial growth to boost job creation in WA," Minister Saffioti said.
"We want more State, national and international businesses to choose WA to locate and expand their operations."
Minister Saffioti said the West Mundijong development would be managed by the Industrial Lands Authority (ILA).
The ILA is a new government agency responsible for co-ordinating all government departments and authorities in order to "remove barriers" from potential industrial land sites, and is designed to fast-track development processes.
According to a media statement by the state government, the ILA will oversee LandCorp’s existing general and strategic industrial areas across WA, including the West Mundijong development.
“The ILA will support our commitment to driving jobs growth by making industrial land available across WA and working with the steering committee to find ways to encourage further investment," Ms Saffioti said.
Source: WA Today, 3 June 2018