Regional

Investment to fast-track job-creating Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area

Posted on March 11, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $7.5 million to improve access to the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area
  • Funding to construct access roads into the industrial area
  • 65 expressions of interest received to produce and export renewable hydrogen at Oakajee

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will assist development of the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area into a globally competitive renewable hydrogen precinct, committing $7.5 million towards important road infrastructure at the site.

The McGowan Labor Government’s global expression of interest process to develop the greenfields Oakajee SIA received 65 applicants, which are currently under assessment.

The $7.5 million commitment will deliver a safe intersection at North West Coastal Highway and the central access road into the Oakajee SIA, and a north-south spine road within the SIA.

As a greenfields site, constructing road infrastructure will help to fast-track development at Oakajee, creating local jobs in Geraldton.

Located 23 kilometres north of Geraldton, Oakajee SIA is recognised for its world-class wind and solar energy potential, which is ideal for the production of renewable hydrogen for domestic and commercial use, advanced manufacturing and export.

Oakajee SIA is connected to the State’s major road network and existing Geraldton Port via the North West Coastal Highway, and provisions are in place for the area to be linked into WA’s gas network.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan

“The Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area has laid dormant for too long, and my Government will facilitate the development of the site into a major job-creating hydrogen precinct.

“This commitment to put in place road infrastructure at Oakajee will fast-track development of the site, taking forward this major job-creating project for Geraldton.

“We have an affordable, achievable plan for Oakajee as a world-class renewable hydrogen hub, putting the Mid West at the forefront of a major new industry and delivering local jobs in Geraldton.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Geraldton Lara Dalton:

“Only a McGowan Labor Government has an achievable plan for Oakajee, to create local jobs and deliver a renewable hydrogen industry here in Geraldton.

“After decades of talk, the McGowan Labor Government will invest to attract the industries needed to develop Oakajee – which will underpin a quantum leap for the economy for Geraldton and the Mid West.”