A new logistics hub at Truganina is gearing up to bring as many as 2000 new jobs to the area.
Earlier this month, Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan went along for the official launch of the Drystone Industrial Estate on Foundation Road.
Mr Noonan described the 95 hectare hub – which is a joint venture between the Charter Hall Group and Commercial and Industrial Property – as an “outstanding industrial estate”.
The $440 million centre is already home to a Woolworths meat processing facility, warehouses for Target and The Reject Shop, Laverton Cold Storage, Rand Transport and Couriers Please.
Mr Noonan said these businesses have employed 1200 people so far.
Charter Hall Group’s managing director and chief executive David Harrison said construction at the new hub was about “55 per cent complete”.
He said the group hopes the entire estate will soon be filled, with 400 jobs being created during its construction.
As more businesses move into the estate, Mr Harrison estimated there would be a further 800 new jobs created in the transport, warehousing and logistics sectors.
“This is a massive investment we’ve made here at the Drystone Estate,” Mr Harrison said.
Wyndham councillor Walter Villagonzalo, who is the council’s future focused economy portfolio holder, said this investment would benefit the fast-growing municipality.
“Less than three years ago, the land that the Drystone Industrial Estate sits on was little more than an empty paddock,” Cr Villagonzalo said.
“Today, it is home to some of our biggest employers.
“With Wyndham experiencing the second highest population growth of any municipality in Australia – and 10,000 moving here in 2015 alone, business and employment opportunities like this new industrial estate – will undoubtedly have a positive impact.”
Wyndham mayor Cr Henry Barlow said he would like to see more businesses set up in Wyndham, to provide much-needed employment opportunities for residents.