Geraldton is located 420km north of Perth (approximately 4.5 hour drive).
LandCorp owns the majority of the Oakajee SIA's 6,400ha in freehold ownership and currently leases this land on short term leases for agricultural purposes.
The 1,000ha port area will be transferred to the Geraldton Port Authority when the port is to be developed.
The Oakajee SIA is located within the boundaries of the Shire of Chapman Valley.
Under the Shire of Chapman Valley Town Planning Scheme No.2, Oakajee SIA is designated as a 'Special Control Area' for the purposes of Industrial Investigation (including port, heavy and general industrial areas) and buffer areas.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Town Planning Scheme, the Oakajee Industrial Estate Structure Plan Report was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission on 24 April 2012.
The Oakajee SIA Structure Plan sets out the indicative boundaries for the various land use activities and is supported by the following Technical Reports:
Environmental Review Report
Industrial Ecology Strategy
Integrated Transport Strategy
European Heritage Report - Lime Kilns
European Heritage Report - Rail Reserve
European Heritage Report - Stone Dwelling
Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan - Part 1
Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan - Part 2
Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan - Part 3
Unexploded Ordnance Contamination Assessment
Engineering Services Report
District Water Management Strategy
The Industrial Ecology Strategy provides a vision and strategy for the Oakajee SIA to become a sustainable industrial estate through the encouragement of co-location of industries with waste and other synergies.
This report provides the basis to establish a highly efficient and competitive industrial development which emphasises flexibility, innovation and adaptation to future challenges facing the Mid West region.
LandCorp also has a focus on sustainability in the development of the buffer, including renewable energy opportunities.
A number of other sustainability initiatives are outlined in the Sustainability Report.
The majority of the Oakajee Project is located on cleared agricultural land, with the future port area located on coastal dunes.
The Environmental Review Report provides an overview of a number of different environmental factors associated with the Oakajee SIA.
The Oakajee SIA is a greenfield site and is unlikely to have sufficient services to meet the needs of proponents intending to locate in the estate.
Proponents requiring significant services will most likely be required to provide those services on-site or extend service infrastructure to the estate.
LandCorp and the State would encourage the establishment of independent service providers to or within the estate.
A complete overview of key services required for the Oakajee SIA is provided within the Engineering Services Report.
The majority of land within the Oakajee SIA has been cleared of Native Title.
There are three Aboriginal groups whose members have a known or claimed traditional association with the Oakajee area.
These groups are Amangu, Mullewa Wadjari and Naaguja, and are all represented by the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation.
There are a number of Aboriginal heritage sites within the Oakajee Project that have been registered by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
An Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan was prepared for the Oakajee SIA to ensure management of existing registered Aboriginal sites and to provide for lawful and timely assessment and management of any future sites discovered in the course of the development of the estate.
All future proponents will be required to comply with the Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan.
There are five European heritage sites within the Oakajee SIA listed on the Heritage Council of Western Australia database.
Further information on European heritage within the Oakajee SIA can be found in the European Heritage Report prepared for the Oakajee SIA Structure Plan:
Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places - Lime Kilns
Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places - Stone Dwelling_Chinaman House
Heritage Impact Statement - Geraldton-Northampton Rail Reserve