Halifax businesses excited as park receives boost

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

Plans to improve Halifax Industrial Park have taken the next step with the announcement road and sewerage upgrades as well as CCTV installation will start later this year.

A working group representing businesses in the park as well the South West Development Commission, Bunbury City Council and the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry pieced together the plans.

Wrek King owner Louise Reid-Lamberti said for some of the business owners it had been a seven-year campaign to reach this point.

“To actually see it now reach the point where the funds are there, available and going to be spent in Halifax is huge,” she said.

The improvements will deliver on a $3 million election commitment from Bunbury MLA Don Punch.

It will see deep sewerage systems installed, CCTV cameras placed throughout the park and slip lanes constructed on South Western Highway to allow easier access.

Mrs Reid-Lamberti said the project was a show of confidence in the park’s potential.

“It’s absurd that we don’t already have something fundamental like deep sewerage,” she said.

“Without deep sewerage we haven’t been able to build more on our property.

“Heightened security is also something that is very important to entice more businesses here.”

Mr Punch said he hoped a focus on the park would help people notice what was there.

“The capability within the park is huge – not only in terms of supporting local industry, but also wider afield,” he said.

“Being able to bring more land into play is a great outcome, but also it is pleasing to continue supporting those already here.”

The infrastructure elements of the project will be carried out by Bunbury City Council while the chamber will carry out the CCTV installation.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan praised the collaborative approach that was being taken.

“It has been a collaborative effort to this point and I am sure current and future local businesses operating in the area will enjoy the benefits of these improvements,” Mr Brennan said.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive Rebecca Bell said the working group should be congratulated.

“The project will address issues relating to infrastructure within the precinct, with enhancements to support long-term investment and generate growth,” she said.

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