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Malaga industry booming

MALAGA, the industrial jewel in the Swan City Council’s crown, is fast becoming one of Perth’s major industrial areas.

It is one of the biggest business areas in the council, second only to Midland.

Since it was established, business development in Malaga has increased by 58 per cent a year.

More than 1,400 businesses are now in the area, compared to 809 in 1997, when there were 5,211 people working there. The number of people working there is estimated to be more than 9,000.

Businesses, including Arbortech, responsible for the one-man hovercrafts used during the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, Butter-cup, Metro Brick and Marlows are based there.

Council has helped boost the industrial development.

According to the Ministry for Planning, in 1997 Malaga was the fastest growing industrial area in Perth with a 68 per cent increase since 1993.

Manufacturing and processing is Malaga’s largest type of business. In 1997 it accounted for more than 45 per cent of total businesses, followed by storage and distribution with 16 per cent.

To accommodate the rapid expansion and demand for space, council is expanding industrial area further to the east.

There is a big demand for industrial land in Malaga with many businesses relocating from other industrial areas such as Kewdale and Cannington. Property is cheaper to buy – in many cases developers can buy land in Malaga for what it costs to rent in other areas.

Access to the metropolitan area is excellent via the nearby network of highways and freeways.

Infrastructure and development planning of the area is being undertaken by council’s Town Planning Scheme 14.

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