WA Labor to establish global high-tech manufacturing hub south of Perth

Posted on March 3, 2021
  • Strategic industrial hub to be created between Henderson, Kwinana and Rockingham
  • New precinct to attract major, job creating industries to Western Australia
  • Masterplan to lay groundwork to progress WA’s battery, hydrogen, renewable energy and defence industries
  • WA’s strong management of COVID-19 means the State can offer a safe place to invest at a time of global uncertainty
  • Potential to increase economic benefits generated in the area to 22,000 jobs and $28 billion in Gross State Product

Perth’s southern industrial precinct between Henderson, Latitude 32, Kwinana and Rockingham will become a dedicated hub for high-tech manufacturing under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government – supporting developing industries like batteries, hydrogen, renewable energy and defence.

The area will be consolidated into a strategic industrial hub to guide its development into a globally-significant precinct capable of attracting major, job-creating projects and industries to establish and invest in Western Australia.

The Western Trade Coast is Western Australia’s premier industrial precinct. It has strategic advantages including major transport links, deep-water bulk port facilities, freight routes and access to heavy rail.

The area currently employs about 10,000 direct workers and contributes $15 billion to WA annually. It is anticipated this project could grow those benefits to 22,000 jobs and $28 billion once fully developed.

The strategic industrial hub will leverage off Western Australia’s strong management of COVID-19, offering a safe place to invest at a time of global uncertainty.

The area has grown from the establishment of the Kwinana industrial area in the 1950s, to include the

Rockingham industrial zone, Latitude 32 in Munster and Henderson’s Australian Marine Complex.

To ensure the Western Trade Coast is able to reach its full potential it requires a carefully managed and cohesive plan, managed by the State Government.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will develop a masterplan and project-ready approvals to coordinate the development of the precinct and maximise the benefits of work already underway to develop industry.

The overarching plan will coordinate McGowan Government-led development already underway in the area – including Westport planning, $87.6 million infrastructure upgrades at the Australian Marine Complex, and projects to support new industries.

Overseen by the Premier, the masterplan will include industry development support for batteries, hydrogen, LNG and other value-adding resource opportunities. It will provide an investment and trade strategy, land planning framework, skills and workforce planning to support the jobs of the future.

This work will complement and progress the McGowan Government’s significant investments in industry development, including:

  • $28 million Renewable Hydrogen Strategy to to position WA as a major producer and exporter of renewable hydrogen and create green jobs;
  • Future Battery Industry Strategy to grow the State into a world-leading exporter of future battery minerals, materials, technologies and expertise;
  • $100 million Investment Attraction and New Industries Fund;
  • $87.6 million of defence industry infrastructure projects at the Australian Marine Complex;
  • $97.2 million to progress the planning for Westport including detailed port, road and rail design, and undertake the necessary environmental work; and
  • LNG Jobs taskforce.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“My government has invested significantly to ensure Western Australia is at the forefront of emerging industries like battery technology, hydrogen, renewable energy and defence manufacturing.

“The next step is to establish this dedicated hub in Western Australia’s key industrial heartland – to attract new job creating industries and major projects to the area.

“Western Australia has unique advantages through our geographic location, skilled workforce, mineral wealth and established resources sector – which mean we are well placed to capitalise on opportunities in a range of future industries.

“Our strong management of COVID-19 means we can offer a safe place for global businesses to invest at a time of unprecedented uncertainty around the world.

“This overarching plan will support the development of the precinct as a premier location for future industries to actively target high-value job-creating projects to Western Australia.

“It will build on our significant work to diversify the economy, positioning Western Australia to capitalise on billions of dollars of future projects to create local jobs and keep WA strong.”