The next stage of works on a massive industrial estate development in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has been given the go-ahead, the state government announced yesterday (August 9).
Announcing the completion of stage one civil works on the Gap Ridge Industrial Estate in Karratha, state regional development and lands minister Brendon Grylls said the 260 hectare development would bolster job opportunities across the region.
Providing 41 lots of land ranging in size up to six hectares, the next three stages of development will include the construction of new roads, as well as sewer, communications, stormwater drainage and power provisions.
"Some tenants are already established in the region and require additional and better services land, while others are seeking to develop new facilities; but the common denominator is that all are looking to create more opportunities and more jobs in the Pilbara," Mr Grylls explained.
With more than $129 billion worth of mining and gas projects underway in the resource-rich region, development of the Gap Ridge Industrial Estate would help support the growing area.
Mr Grylls said there had been significant interest in the estate already, with 32 companies signing up to land.
"The estate, being developed by LandCorp through the government's Pilbara Cities initiative, has become another Pilbara success story with only a few lots remaining in the first stage," he added.
The Pilbara Cities scheme is a government initiative to support the growing communities in the region through the sustainable development of vital services, amenities and infrastructure in the area.