Bunbury plan released

THE plan for the next thirty years of industry in the greater Bunbury area has been released by the WA Government.

The report incorporates studies on the Kemerton expansion, the Bunbury-Kemerton transport corridor, Preston Industrial Park land use and port access and Bunbury port access.

In releasing the report, Planning Minister Graham Kierath said the Industry 2030 Final Report represented a major step forward for industry in the South West.

“It sets out, for all to see, the future capabilities and constraints for industry in the greater Bunbury area for the next thirty years at least,” Mr Kierath said.

He said concerns over the Kemerton expansion should be tempered with the knowledge that all development would be subject to special planning controls developed in consultation with the community.

Resources Development Minister Colin Barnett said the inclusion of the expansion plan for Kemerton Industrial Park in the report indicated it was the cornerstone of development in the region.

“The expansion plan takes the heavy industry core of Kemerton to 2,100 hectares but also increases the buffer to almost 5,500 hectares,” Mr Barnett said.

He said the strategies set out in the report were vital to the economic health and wellbeing of greater Bunbury and the South West.

“Much of the strong economic development and employment being experienced in the region is dependent upon downstream processing and the export of the the region’s mining, agricultural and forestry resources,” he said.

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