Promoting and contributing to the sustainable co-existence of the Kwinana Industry, the Community and the Environment.

KIC Strategic Issues

The Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA) is the premier industrial estate in Western Australia, covering an area approximately 8km north-south and 2km east-west, on the eastern side of Cockburn Sound some 30km south of the Perth CBD.  It forms the heavy industrial core of the Western Trade Coast Industrial Area

In order for the benefits of industry to be retained, the businesses concerned must have a sustainable future, with certainty around the provision of essential infrastructure.  Such a future must allow for new investment in the KIA to be allowed to continue so that businesses can grow. At the same time, industry has a responsibility to the community to conserve the environment for current and future generations of Western Australians.

Establish and maintain the Buffer

There has been major focus on this issue over the several years, with increasing pressure for sensitive land uses encroachment to the north, east and south. 

KIC’s view is that the Buffer Zone should be at the very least protected under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) as a Special Control Area (SCA).  A SCA will provide the necessary certainty to industry, to the government regulators, their statutory and transport planners, and to the community.  The State Government has tabled its draft Western Trade Coast Industry Protection Area Bill.  This approach to protecting the buffer is very strongly supported by industry.

Governance

The Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA) is governed by three different local governments.  This means three different attitudes to industry, as well as three different planning schemes and three different strategic approaches to industry.  In no way can this be considered efficient for industry, or for the development of the industrial area from a State perspective.  On this basis, KIC's position in relation to local government boundary reform was that there should be just one local government that encapsulates the KIA, as well as the surrounding communities.   This did not happen.  In the past the definition of the KIA has been considered as “everything inside the buffer”.  As the buffer line is the same as the boundary of the Western Trade Coast, KIC's position remains the same:  that the Western Trade Coast should be under the one local government, not the current three.

Critical infrastructure (enablers of industry) 

Water:  With something like 75% of industry’s process water being sourced from groundwater and with the likelihood of diminishing groundwater allocations in the future, the new Managed Aquifer Recharge project appears likely to be able to deliver to industry the solution it needs.

Energy and Transport:  The rising energy costs are becoming a critical issue for the competitive sustainability of industry.  Heavy transport linkages – road, rail, ports – will become a future limitation to the expansion of industry in the KIA.  These critical infrastructure components have become focus areas for KIC to work toward improving.

Good connection with the Community

Much has been spoken about this over the past few years, and clearly the KIC has funded work in firstly understanding the nature of the issue, and in beginning to develop solutions to it.  The most recent initiative KIC has taken to tackle this issue is the employment of an extra staff member to work closely with 20 local high schools to develop programs that showcase industry careers to the local high school students.  The work in this area has become highly regarded by KIC’s members, the partnering high schools, and the parents of the students that have participated in the various programs offered by KIC.  Of course, the main beneficiaries of the programs are the students. 

Regulation 

KIC is focused on maintaining constructive key relationships and regulatory rationalisation. This is proving challenging due to the high turnover in State and local government staff.  Maintaining this position requires work and that work is being done. Joint negotiation on behalf of (and with) members is very important, and we are active on several fronts. This work is driven primarily through the committees, and is yet another reason why member delegate attendance at the meetings is important.  

Maintaining organisational health 

The best way for member companies to ensure the KIC is working in their interests is to make sure they are in there at the committee level ensuring the agendas for action that are set by the committees are the right ones.  Through their membership levies KIC Full Members have a seat on all of the KIC committees, and it is critically important not only for the health of the KIC but for the resolution of these key strategic issues, that the full member companies contribute their staff resources to the committees.  The benefits derived by members is the increased professional knowledge their staff gain, and the contributions of those staff to directing the focus of the committee work into areas that deliver maximum benefit to the members (and by definition to their own companies). 

  

 

 

  

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