MORE than 190 hectares of land has been freed up in the Hazelmere industrial area, north-east of Perth Airport, after WA Planning Minister John Day approved six minor amendments to the Metropolitan Region Scheme to rezone the land from rural to industrial.
Mr Day said the amendments, which also rezone a small portion of land to urban and parks and recreation, would allow industrial growth while protecting wetlands, ground and surface water, and existing residential areas.
"Hazelmere's location near the CBD, Perth Airport and major freight access routes makes it a prime location for light and heavy industry. Rezoning some parcels of land will enable the area to grow this base and create more job opportunities for West Australians," the Minister said.
"I anticipate the types of businesses that will be attracted to this area in the near future will be in keeping with existing industrial enterprises."
The land is bound by the Helena River, Roe Highway, Perth Airport and the Great Eastern Highway Bypass and includes lots within Stirling Crescent, Talbot Road, Midland Road and Lakes Road.
The Minister said Hazelmere's proximity to a number of housing developments supported the concept of offering employment options within a reasonable distance from a person's home.
He added that the amendments are in line with the State Government's Hazelmere Enterprise Area structure plan, endorsed in 2011, which sets out a long-term plan for the area.
Photo: 'Hazelmere from the air' / SatuSuro / Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.