Serpentine/Jarrahdale powering ahead.
Our close neighbours over the border , at the Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale are seeing a few things happening in their neck of the woods that could really impact upon what happens here in Baldivis, and in a great way potentially.
First of all there is the industrial estate that is planned for the area.
The 449 hectare slice of land was rezoned in May 2017 for an industrial area but naturally as there is a by-election coming up soon the Government have tried to make this sound like it is a brand new development in order to gain more votes!
Land bound by Tonkin Highway to the east, Mundijong Road to the south, Kargotich Road to the west and the freight railway line to the north will be rezoned from rural.
Announcing the new estate on Sunday, Premier Mark McGowan and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti could not say exactly how many jobs would be created by the new estate, nor what the timeframe for development was. However, it is expected to take years to be developed.
“Creating jobs close to where people live is an important aspect of a strong community,” Mr McGowan said.
What does this mean for Baldivis?
This is both good and bad!
The bad news is that the potential light industrial sites within the City of Rockingham borders will not be progressed in the immediate future and there will be no demand for those sites to be rezoned. This means that there will be no industrial sites and this means less potential revenue to the City of Rockingham, and therefore less pressure on Residential rates. Some cities are fortunate that they have 50% of their rates coming from commercial, light industrial or heavy industrial.
The good news is that Mundijong industrial area , when fully activated, could be close enough to provide jobs for Baldivis residents, without having that industry on our doorstep.
The other big project is the proposed supercar site.
The proposal from Western Australian property developer the Stati Group is for a 3.5 kilometre circuit to initially be built for state and national racing, with longer term plans to entice Supercars and other international series including the World Rally Championship.
Located approximately 60 kilometres south of Perth in Keysbrook, the facility will be built to the standards of world motorsport governing body FIA and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
With safety standards at a level with Australia’s top circuits, the facility will look to offer community-oriented programs including driver and rider training along with a diverse range of motor sport and other events.
For more info on this one head to – http://baldivisnow.com.au/news/v8-supercar-track-near-baldivis/