Rockingham trade office closes

Arran MortonSound Telegraph
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The Rockingham Western Trade Coast Industries Committee office has closed, raising concerns for the representation of Rockingham and Kwinana industry issues at State Parliament.

Mark McGowan said it was disappointing and disrespectful to relocate Western Trade Coast services to Perth, 10 years after he served as inaugural chairman to the Rockingham Kwinana Development Office, as it was originally known.

He said the idea behind the Labor initiative was to ensure local input in Parliamentary decisions that affected Rockingham and Kwinana.

"The idea behind it was to provide local input into department planning to ensure that Rockingham was front and centre in Parliament and had our say," Mr McGowan said.

"This means a loss of local say in issues - it's a huge retrograde loss for the community."

Western Trade Coast Industries Committee chairman and south metropolitan MLC Phil Edman said the Rockingham office was opened for a trial period, but was not utilised.

Mr Edman said committee members maintained a commitment to the Western Trade Coast, which includes Kwinana Industrial Area, Latitude 32 Industry Zone, Rockingham Industry Zone and the Australian Marine Complex, and would continue to meet at the latter.

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