Plans for a 1285 hectare industrial park located in the Shire of Dardanup, east of Picton, have taken an important step towards development with the release this week of the draft Waterloo District Structure Plan for a period of public comment.
The proposed Waterloo Industrial Park is a joint project between the Shire of Dardanup and West Australian Planning Commission.
The draft plan sets out key planning aspirations, objectives and principles for the park and is available for viewing on the Department of Planning website.
Waterloo Industrial Park is a separate project to the adjacent planned area of urban expansion – or WA’s newest city Wanju – but very much inter-related, as the park will provide an important economic driver for Wanju and the Bunbury Geographe area.
Waterloo will deliver land for commercial, light and general industrial uses and has been identified as a suitable agri-food processing precinct.
Development of both Waterloo and Wanju was identified in the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Greater Bunbury Strategy (2013).
Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the planned industrial park was positioned for excellent access to the proposed Bunbury outer ring road, only five kilometres to the Bunbury Port plus proximity to the Bunbury to Perth railway line.
“Our enviable regional lifestyle is driving strong population growth,” Mr Bennett said.
“We need to cater for that growing population, not only with homes and facilities like those planned in Wanju, but with opportunities for economic development and ultimately jobs as well.”
In releasing the draft plan for comment, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said: “The McGowan Labor Government is committed to facilitating economic growth in Western Australia.
“The South-West is one of our fastest growing regions and it is important that we plan for enough industrial and commercial land to be available into the future.
“I encourage businesses and locals alike to have their say on the draft district structure plan to help shape the South-West’s future.”
Public submissions regarding the draft Waterloo District Structure Plan close on July 18, 2017.
Submissions can be completed: