Assessing the Prospects: How to Evaluate the Potential of Industrial Land for Warehousing and Logistics in Perth

January 2024

In the realm of warehousing and logistics, the strategic selection of industrial land can be key to the success of your business. And in the current market, with high and highly competitive demand, businesses need to make sure they are making informed decisions. In Western Australia, areas near transport corridors such as Tonkin Highway, Reid Highway, Roe Highway and Leach Highway, as well as logistics hubs like Perth Airport, the freight terminal and Fremantle, offer significant advantages. 

Below are the crucial factors to consider when evaluating the potential of industrial land for emerging and expanding warehousing and logistics businesses. 


Location, Location, Location

Proximity to major transportation hubs, accessibility to highways and major thoroughfares, and connectivity to ports are critical considerations. Interest in Perth’s eastern industrial zone has increased over time, with increased accessibility making proximity to Perth Airport and container terminals a significant drawcard. Increased accessibility also unlocks access to a broader workforce, with shorter travel times paying dividends in the search for talent. Perth’s expanding industrial areas such as Henderson, Forrestdale, Neerabup and Kwinana also boast excellent transport links, making them prime locations for businesses. 



And with the State Government announcing plans for a new port at Kwinana – moving commercial shipping out of Fremantle – the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area is poised to provide further support to warehousing and logistics businesses in the area. Interest has grown in recent years, with Rockingham and Bibra Lake seeing an influx in interest for industrial businesses. Strategic location assists in reducing transportation costs and delivery times to boost overall operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.  


Zoning Regulations and Land Use Planning

Understanding local zoning regulations is crucial for any industrial venture. Western Australia local government regulations stipulate designated zones for industrial use, and each come with an individual sets of guidelines. Businesses must ensure they navigate these guidelines to align to the zoning requirements.  

And while the market continues to boom, businesses are snapping up general industrial land at a rapid rate. An understanding of zoning requirements should be at the top of your checklist in the search for industrial land. If you’re not sure, seek expert advice. 


Environmental Considerations

Before investing in industrial land, businesses must assess any potential environmental constraints or obligations. Conducting environmental impact assessments can provide insights into potential challenges and the steps required to mitigate them. These assessments can also reduce operating costs and regulatory scrutiny down the line. 

Australia, in general, has increased its emphasis on environmental sustainability. With a refresh of Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority imminent, businesses will soon have to navigate new processes. The review will focus primarily on mining and infrastructure, with industrial land firmly in the purview. 


Market Trends and Economic Outlook

The demand for industrial land is expected to remain strong. Western Australia’s economy has long been driven by mining, resources and technology. Economic diversification efforts in Western Australia have gained momentum in recent years. The State’s commitment to nurturing emerging industries positions it as a hub for innovation.  

The presence of such hubs is a major drawcard for business, creating a dynamic environment for further industrial development and investment. Economic diversification will make the search for industrial land even more competitive. Businesses are looking to get a foot in the door, purchasing land in sought-after areas. Even smaller blocks are gaining interest with investors and developers. A lot of interest will be on Kwinana, with interest surrounding the short and long-term availability of industrial land. 


Future Development Plans

Western Australia is undergoing major expansion and growth in a multitude of areas. Being across future development plans can be a calculated step to stay ahead of the game and secure sought-after, strategic land. Knowledge of upcoming infrastructure projects, urban expansion and industrial development initiatives can provide valuable insights into the long-term potential of industrial land. With Perth’s population estimated to reach three million by 2025, Western Australia will continue to provide opportunities for growth across industry. 


By analysing the broader context surrounding industrial land, investors in warehousing and logistics can make informed decisions that align with the dynamic industrial landscape. Western Australia’s industrial sector, boasting a strong foundation, has several drawcards for those seeking growth and success in business. 

With further growth imminent, get in touch with us today and take the first steps in your business’s journey. 


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