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Major new Perth logistics hub opens officially


Roe Highway Logistics Park (RHLP), a major addition to Perth’s industrial and logistics landscape, has been officially opened.

Located on the corner of Roe Highway and Welshpool Road East, adjacent to the established industrial suburbs of Kewdale and Welshpool, the new logistics park is within 13km of the Perth CBD and 5km of Perth Airport.

Opened by Western Australian transport minister Rita Saffioti, RHLP is described as being at the centre of the Perth arterial road network, offers RAV7 truck accessibility from two major highways and benefits from freight rail access via the Kenwick Freight Rail Facility, which is due for completion in 2020.

The ability to access container freight via rail has already led to leading logistics players choosing to locate at RHLP.

“This, coupled with the state government’s recent increase in the rail freight subsidy from $30 to $50 per twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) which came into effect on January 1, strengthens the competitive nature of those businesses choosing to locate at RHLP and provides the opportunity for unique operational and supply chain efficiencies to be realised.”

Saffioti’s attendance at the opening is seen as further emphasising the strategic importance of this rail facility, as well as the state government’s objective to increase rail freight volumes and the efficiency of Perth’s rail freight network.

Proponents say RHLP, which is being developed by Linc Property, Gibb Group, Fini Group and Minderoo Group, has already attracted significant interest from a range of premium logistics and industrial services businesses accounting for a significant portion of the 56 hectares park.

These include:

  • Northline, a national freight and logistics group, for the establishment of a 20,000 sq m rail sided warehouse on a 4ha site
  • K-Trans WA, a Western Australian freight forwarding business, for the development of a 10,000m2 rail sided warehouse on a 3.9ha site
  • fuel company BP
  • Brady Corporation, an international supplier of safety, identification, labels, tags and printers and software
  • Expro Group, an international oil and gas services business, for the development of a 5,000 sq m workshop on a 1.6ha site
  • Fuwa K-Hitch, the specialised designer and supplier of transport components.

With a range of additional large logistics and warehousing tenancies in advanced negotiations, remaining land within the estate is expected to be absorbed over the next 12 months.

BP will develop an integrated fuel station and truck stop and the developers are is in the process of securing further commitments from a range of food and beverage offerings to provide amenity for businesses within the estate.

The logistics park will offer lots from 2,000 sq m to more than 10 hectares. It will have landscaped public open space, high quality public art and entry statements, substantial street trees and flexible General Industrial zoning.

The project consortium has developed an integrated conservation strategy which includes extensive tree planting, increasing foraging and roosting habitat for forest red-tailed black cockatoos, best practice storm water management, the onsite treatment and recycling of waste water and several solar energy initiatives.

“We have typically seen absorption of around 10-20ha per annum in our other estates and are very pleased with take-up to date,” Linc Property development director Judd Dyer says.

Linc’s Ben Lisle notes majority of the site is being retained for leasing up however we are selling a small portion of land to accommodate owner occupiers.

“We are in advanced discussions with a number of larger tenants and anticipate that the RAV 7 road access, the freight rail intermodal terminal, modern presentation and ability to tailor facilities or lots to tenants’ exact requirements will drive very rapid take-up of the remaining land,” Lisle says.