The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been working with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to identify and protect land parcels that have potential for industrial development in areas with low-prospectivity.
The City and DMIRS have worked together to identify a strategic industrial land parcel a 10km drive from the Kalgoorlie City Centre, immediately north of the BHP Billiton Nickel West Smelter.
The site has access to essential major infrastructure including road, rail, water, gas and electricity, making it well positioned to meet a number of strategic, large-scale development opportunities.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the Department had been assisting the City to cut red tape for future industrial land parcels, which would help facilitate the future economic development of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is working hard to make our City a place that people want to do business. We are looking at ways we can help attract new industry to our region, and particularly to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and working with the State to help remove constraints, particularly through the application of a Section 19 Mining Act 1978 exemption area on strategic industrial land parcels, which means industry doesn’t have to worry about future mining considerations,” he said.
“Our appeal as a location for future industrial growth lies in the fact that we have so much land available that has access to major services and amenities like roads, rail, gas and electricity, in reasonable proximity to the City center, and we want to enhance that appeal by working with the State, through the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, to remove potential constraints and free it up for development other than mining.
“We have a very clear mandate through the Growing Kalgoorlie-Boulder Plan to support business and industry development, and a key objective of the Growth Plan is to promote policy innovation at all levels of government to ensure continual progress toward easing the regulatory burden on business and to encourage future investment. This partnership has definitely ticked those boxes.”
The department’s Executive Director of Geological Survey WA (GSWA) Rick Rogerson said the collaborative approach has yielded a great result.
“We’re pleased to have an outcome that not only satisfies the City’s immediate needs, it also takes into consideration the long-term strategic land-use planning for the region,” Dr Rogerson said.
“The department looks forward to further collaboration with the City and other government department’s to help carry this plan through to completion.”