EPA advice threatens industry’s future in Kwinana

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) is disappointed with the Environmental Protection Agency’s advice regarding reduction of the industrial buffer zone for Mandogalup.

CME chief executive officer Reg Howard-Smith said the advice was contrary to the position of previous governments, planning departments and the former Department of Environment and Conservation and sets a concerning precedent for the potential reduction of other industrial buffer zones within the State.

“The Kwinana Industrial Area was established in 1952 and is a key economic asset for our State. Thousands of Western Australians are employed there, and 16 billion dollars of export value are generated by its activities,” he said.

“This advice could lead to new urban housing development within the existing buffer, heightening the likelihood of future land-use conflicts and threatening the longer-term viability of the Kwinana industrial area.

“In Kwinana’s case, previous Labor and Liberal governments had the foresight to recognise the importance of manufacturing for our State’s future, and sensibly instigated buffers to prevent future land-use conflicts.

“The EPA’s own guidance clearly states that most amenity issues can be avoided with appropriate separation distances.”

CME will be seeking to work with all stakeholders and government to ensure a sensible outcome, which avoids creating land-use conflicts.