Redman hits out at Meridian Park claim

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti, WA Labor leader Mark McGowan and Wanneroo candidate Sabine Winton.

THE State Government has hit back at WA Labor’s claim that red tape is holding back industrial estates such as Meridian Park.

Lands Minister Terry Redman said industrial lots in Meridian Park had been available for sale since 2008 and were expected to meet the needs of Perth’s growing northern corridor for the next 20 to 30 years.

About 10 days ago Opposition leader Mark McGowan said industry parks were being held back by red tape and too many layers of bureaucracy as they are forced to deal with multiple government agencies.

He said if elected his government would create an industrial lands authority would also look at new opportunities to create new industry and technology parks and would undertake an in-depth study into the development of a technology park north of Two Rocks.

Mr Redman said to date more than 60 lots had been created for industrial land use.

The future development area is a rich source of limestone, which is currently being quarried for use in Perth’s construction industry,’’ he said.

“A ‘sequential development method’ has been implemented to allow this resource to be quarried.

“A number of businesses such as Bunnings Trade have been operating from Meridian Park for a few years.

“Meridian Park is expected to meet the industrial land needs of the growing Northern Corridor for the next 20 to 30 years.

“As nearby residential areas continue to grow, this provides opportunities for new businesses to provide goods and services.

“Work is currently taking place on realigning Flynn Drive and a direct link to the Mitchell Freeway on Neerabup Road.

“Works are expected to be completed in 2017 (and) it is anticipated demand will increase due to the improved road access.

“When fully developed the broader Neerabup Industrial Area is expected to generate up to 20,000 new employment opportunities.

“LandCorp is the State Government’s industrial development arm and works successfully with the private sector to deliver general industrial land across the state.

“The recent announcement by Labor appears to be simply rebranding or announcing a new authority to do exactly what LandCorp already do.’’

Mr McGowan said Meridian Park was only partially developed but if fully developed it could result in up to 20,000 new jobs.

He said the unemployment rate in the City of Wanneroo was 8.2 per cent, well above the WA unemployment rate of 6 per cent.

 “WA Labor’s industrial lands authority will be the single agency responsible for the management and development of industry and technology parks such as the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Bentley Technology Park and Meridian Park,’’ he said.

“Bringing Meridian Park under a single industrial lands authority will be the shot in the arm needed to reinvigorate the development of an industry and technology park in Perth’s northern suburbs, creating jobs close to where people live.’’