MORE than 390 hectares of employment-generating land has been rezoned in the Kenwick and Wattle Grove areas, the Western Australian Government announced last week.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said three amendments to the Metropolitan Region Scheme had been approved to rezone the land from rural to industrial.
"The amendments complete the industrial zoning of the Maddington-Kenwick Strategic Employment area, which is bound by Tonkin Highway, Bickley Road, Roe Highway and Welshpool Road East," Ms Faragher said.
"This area is an important industrial centre as it is close to Perth Airport and to numerous major freight access routes, including to Fremantle and Kwinana.
"The City of Gosnells has a population of more than 112,000 people and this is expected to grow by nearly 70,000 by 2050. This industrial centre will ensure more jobs are created in the region to service this growing population.
"Its proximity to a number of residential areas will also provide more employment options within a reasonable distance from homes, so people are not having to travel far to get to work."
The City of Gosnells has undertaken various planning studies to determine the suitability of the area for industrial development over a number of years. An indicative local structure plan has also been prepared based on feedback from landowners, technical studies and stakeholder engagement.
The Minister said the types of businesses likely to be attracted to the area in the near future would be in keeping with existing industrial enterprises.
The nearby Greater Brixton Street Wetlands will be retained. Further detailed planning will be undertaken by the local government, including a scheme amendment and detailed structure planning. This will include further public consultation.