The State Government's vision for Latitude 32 is for it to provide a flexible and adaptable industrial area that supports the economic and employment growth in the important Western Trade Coast region.
To be developed over 30 years, Latitude 32, in the Hope Valley Wattleup area and 27km south of Perth, will be driven by market demand and will be a significant driving force for the Western Australian economy. Part of both the City of Cockburn and the City of Kwinana, it is anticipated it will create up to 10,000 jobs and be home to hundreds of businesses.
LandCorp is working with a number of project partners, landowners and developers to plan, promote, coordinate and implement the development of Latitude 32.
The strategic direction of Latitude 32 is to:
- Meet demand for industrial land to support the State Government’s draft planning strategy Perth and Peel @3.5 million
- Complement other industrial estates within the Western Trade Coast by providing supporting general and transport industrial land,
- Assist the relocation of rural landowners from the project area.
The history behind Latitude 32
The Hope Valley-Wattleup Redevelopment Project was an outcome of the recommendations of the Fremantle-Rockingham Industrial Area Regional Strategy (FRIARS) which was prepared by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) in the late 1990s, and was premised on the need to protect and optimise the Kwinana Industrial Area.
The three key objectives of FRIARS were to:
- Resolve land use conflict between industrial uses within the Kwinana Industrial Area and surrounding residential uses,
- Create the opportunity to meet the demand for general industrial land in an area where existing infrastructure can easily be upgraded to cater for this type of development, and
- Generate employment opportunities with the development of general Industrial land in a region where unemployment is of significant concern.
The Hope Valley-Wattleup Redevelopment Act (the Act) was enacted in 2000 and provides for the development and redevelopment of land within Latitude 32, and conferred planning, development control and other functions to the WAPC.
The Act established the Authority (LandCorp) with the functions to plan, undertake, promote and coordinate the development and redevelopment of land in the redevelopment area. The Act repealed the Metropolitan Regional Planning Scheme in addition to the planning schemes of the City of Cockburn and the City of Kwinana. The preparation of a Master Plan formed part of LandCorp’s initial responsibility - to provide the framework and guidelines for future development of the area.
The redevelopment project is now known as the Latitude 32 Industry Zone.