Primewest protests industry buffer Bill

Property group Primewest has called on the State Government to abandon or modify new legislation that it claims will benefit Alcoa and will not allow housing to go ahead at a Hammond Park residential development site.

The Primewest site is one of a number of land parcels owned by residential developers next to and straddling the buffer zone separating residential land from industrial land in key industrial land south of Perth.

The State Government last month said that it was pushing ahead with legislation to formalise the buffer zone to create the Western Trade Coast Protection Area, which would enclose the Kwinana Industrial Area, Rockingham Industry Zone, Latitude 32 Industry Area and the Australian Marine Complex.

The legislation would also prohibit residential housing, short-stay accommodation, schools, hospitals and childcare centres from being built in the WTC Protection Area.

The legislation has strong support from the Kwinana Industries Council which has been lobbying hard to stop residential developments from getting too close to industry but has been fiercely opposed by developers who say the buffer zone, which would be extended from 1km to 1.5km, jeopardises residential subdivision.