The Western Trade Coast is one of Western Australia’s most important industrial areas, and is located 30 minutes south of the Perth central business district.

The Western Trade Coast is comprised of:
  • the Kwinana Industrial Area;
  • Latitude 32 Industry Zone;
  • Rockingham Industry Zone; and
  • Australian Marine Complex.

The Western Australian Government plans to formalise a Protection Area around the Western Trade Coast to resolve ongoing uncertainties for land owners and industry, and to protect the area from encroaching development.

The Planning and Development Legislation Amendment (Western Trade Coast Protection Area) Bill 2015 was released in draft form to facilitate public consultation in October 2015.

A public submission period ran from Wednesday, 21 October, to Friday, 4 December 2015.

175 submissions were received, including:

  • 118 from residents and/or landowners in the proposed Protection Area;
  • 19 from businesses and industries within the proposed Protection Area;
  • six from industry groups; and
  • three from local government authorities.

Following the public comment period, the Departments of State Development and Planning have provided Government with a  summary of the views expressed by the community, industry, councils and others. The matter is now with Government for consideration.
The Government's proposal has two parts; draft amendments to the Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Act 2000 and the Planning and Development Act 2005 to formalise the boundaries of the existing buffer; and proposed regulations to set out classes of prohibited land use with the Protection Area.

Regulations setting out prohibited land uses under the Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Act 2000 have been released to facilitate public comment. Regulations under the Planning and Development Act 2005 will also be prepared, but will be identical to those under the Hope Valley Wattleup Redevelopment Act 2000.