Renewed demand for quality industrial land and a Shire committed to development, including grants of up to $1 million to attract major employment generating industry to the Shire of Northam, have delivered a strong start to the year for Avon Industrial Park, with five lots at the strategically-located regional estate sold in recent weeks.
Four general industrial lots – Part Lot 9002 (99ha), Lot 18 (22,477sqm) Lot 19 (22,534sqm) and Lot 20 (21,865sqm) – have been purchased by a single buyer, with plans to expand operations and take advantage of the estate’s proximity to the Transcontinental Railway.
The 48,491sqm Lot 26 has separately been sold to a Perth buyer.
DevelopmentWA Chief Executive Frank Marra said growing business confidence in Western Australia had underpinned renewed interest from industrial buyers, with the location and connectivity of Avon Industrial Park adding further appeal.
The 473ha estate, which is a partnership between DevelopmentWA’s Industrial Lands Authority, the Avon Community Development Foundation and the Wheatbelt Development Commission, is 18km north-east of Northam and 116km from Perth.
“This estate sits just 90 minutes from the city, in the key regional centre of the Wheatbelt, with strong connections to strategic transport networks, the Transcontinental Railway and Great Eastern Highway,” said Mr Marra.
“Those links make it an ideal location for businesses servicing Perth and the Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Mid-West and Northern regions.
“With signs of a strong economic recovery in WA, we are once again seeing accelerating demand for industrial land – and with the additional incentive on offer from the Shire of Northam, it’s not surprising to see buyers keen to secure a presence at Avon Industrial Park.”
The Shire of Northam is currently accepting applications from eligible businesses for grants under its Industry Attraction Fund, established to incentivise local business development and economic growth.
The Industry Attraction Fund aims to attract new businesses to the area, and support existing local businesses to substantially expand their operations, through investments of up to $1 million in value – with approved applicants able to receive support in a range of ways, including cash contributions, the provision of land or peppercorn leases, and rates waivers.
“Avon Industrial Park is ideally suited for a broad range of businesses, including those in the agriculture and resources support industries, innovative housing construction, minerals processing, transport and logistics, or manufacturing industries,” said Mr Marra.
Mr Marra also noted that “the role of DevelopmentWA’s Industrial Lands Authority is to drive economic growth across regional and metropolitan WA. This estate is a great example of the way we work with government and private partners to open up opportunities for businesses to relocate and expand their operations in the right place, at the right time.
“The potential to secure up to $1 million in support from the Shire makes it more accessible than ever for businesses to make the move to this quality regional estate.”
Businesses already operating within Avon Industrial Park include D.E. Engineers, Waste Equipment Solutions, Coast to Coast Truck Wreckers, CHC Scaffolding, Interquip, Precision Mechanical, and Nash Mining & Civil Equipment Rental.
Remaining lots at Avon Industrial Park range in size from 26,844sqm up to 60ha, with the potential to amalgamate or tailor lots to suit business requirements. Prices start from $240,000 excluding GST, or $5.13 per square metre. All Stage 2 lots are connected to power and scheme water with access to broadband communications.
To learn more about the Shire of Northam’s Industry Attraction Fund, visit www.northam.wa.gov.au/develop-build/economic-information-opportunities/industry-attraction-fund.aspx
For more information about Avon Industrial Park, visit developmentwa.com.au/avonindustrialpark