West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has fronted calls for industry and community input on the Australian Marine Complex (AMC), based in Henderson, WA. The final plan will guide future investment into the AMC, as well as development of associated infrastructure.
Located in Western Australia, 23 kilometres south of Perth, the AMC has been developed to enhance the opportunities created by the clustering of industries and is home to the largest marine industry in Australia – covering not just defence, but also oil, gas, and resources.
The McGowan government has put out a formal invitation for members of the defence community and industry to comment on draft Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan for Australian Marine Complex (AMC), which will lay out a development blueprint for the years to come.
A draft of the Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan for the major industrial centre, announced by the state government last July, has been released today.
The plan highlights the short, medium, and long-term infrastructure upgrades required to guide the AMC's ongoing development as a nationally significant industrial area for the defence, marine and resources industries.
Developed through a collaboration between the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in collaboration with DevelopmentWA, the plan is a key action of the WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan.
It contributes to the state government's commitment to invest in critical infrastructure in the national interest and help attract more Defence work to WA, such as Collins Class full cycle docking.
The draft will remain open for comment from interested parties through to 24 July.
"Unlocking more opportunities to develop the AMC will strengthen the Western Australian economy and create jobs," said Premier McGowan.
"The Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan is essential to guiding the AMC's ongoing development as a nationally significant industrial area for the defence, marine and resources industries.
"The AMC has an outstanding record of supporting major projects across the defence, marine and resources sectors and we look forward to building on that success in the future, to create more jobs for Western Australians."
State Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia added, "The draft plan ensures a clear vision for the future development of the AMC and will cement it as a leading national naval shipbuilding and sustainment precinct, as well as an important industrial area for other key sectors.
"I strongly encourage the community, industry, land owners and local businesses to provide feedback to inform the final plan."