Kwinana buffer precedent fears

Developers say the extension of a buffer around industrial areas near Kwinana has the potential to set a dangerous precedent over the erosion of the rights to develop land.

Late last month, the state government called for input on its plans to extend a protection area around the Western Trade Coast – a conglomeration of the Kwinana Industrial Area, the Rockingham Industry Zone, Latitude 32 and the Australian Marine Complex.

Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton said increasing the buffer from one kilometre to 1.5km would reduce the risk of catastrophic events or potential adverse health issues.

“It provides certainty for developers and for industry, and it provides certainty for future residents because they will know that where they are buying their blocks and their future houses will be safe,” Mr Oughton said.

The buffer extension encroaches on four residential subdivision proposals, on land owned by prominent developers Satterley Property Group and Qube Property Group.

That encroachment is of concern to Qube Property Group managing director Mark Hector, who said he believed the company’s rights as a landowner were being eroded.

Mr Hector said Qube bought 147 hectares of land – two parcels in Hammond Park and another in Mandogalup – in 2006 and 2004, respectively, on the basis that all planning documents since the 1980s had identified it as suitable for future residential uses.