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KIC Committees


Public Affairs

Public Safety Group

Environment & Planning

Infrastructure Planning


The KIC Executive provides advice and recommendations to the KIC Board and consists of the President, three Vice-Presidents and the KIC Director.

The Executive meets every two months, alternate to the Board meetings.


The majority of the work carried out by KIC transpires in its specialist committees: Infrastructure and Planning; Environment; Kwinana Industries Public Safety; Public Affairs and Communications Advisory Group.

Committee representatives are Full Member company employees with appropriate experience, technical expertise and authority. Members work voluntarily to improve industry operating practices.

KIC would not function without the voluntary involvement of the scores of member company delegates over the years.


KIC is staffed by a dedicated team: Director, Chris Oughton; Executive Assistant, Yvonne Noack; and Education Development Officer, Debbie Hoey.

KIC would not function without the voluntary involvement of the scores of member company delegates over the years.

The Executive Committee

Albert Romano (Kleenheat)

Dr Grant Lukey (Coogee)
Vice President

Brett Swayn (BP Refinery)
Vice President

Russell Austin (Tronox)
Vice President

KIC Staff

Chris Oughton

Yvonne Noack
Executive Assistant

Debbie Hoey
Education Development Officer


The purpose of the Public Affairs & Communications Advisory Group (PACAG) is to provide strategic advice to the KIC and act as a conduit to member expertise in the areas of public affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement. The group reviews and communicates research findings and assists other KIC committees to inform the broader community on industry initiatives around environmental sustainability, education and training, community health and lifestyle in a collaborative way.

The PACAG has specific functions in:

  • Understanding stakeholder perceptions, including media analysis and response;
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans;
  • Providing advice and direction to KIC on communitybased initiatives, including requests for community investment; 
  • Identifying value-add opportunities.

Every 18 months a Community Attitudes Survey is conducted by an independent research company. Findings from the 2011 survey included:

  • The community mostly values the coastal lifestyle;
  • The benefits the industry brings to the area are mainly employment related.
  • Most believe that industry in and around Kwinana has had a positive effect on the community’s well-being.

While the community acknowledged industry’s progress to improve well-being, a clear focus on environmental protection remained the top priority for the future, as it should.

Through formal position papers, the committee continues to raise concerns about issues including the Federal Government’s carbon pricing scheme and the Kwinana Industrial Buffer. In newspaper advertorials the committee maintains a proactive information-sharing campaign, with topics including water conservation, air quality buffer, and public safety initiatives.

Kwinana Industries Public Safety

In 2002, the Kwinana Industries Public Safety Liaison Group (KIPSLG) was established, with the aim of providing a similar cooperative approach on issues relating to community and employee safety, and the environment.

The Public Safety Group has the following objectives:

  • To facilitate communication between members, neighbours and the local community on any perceived or real threats to public safety;
  • To ensure that their companies are managed at the safest practical level of preparedness to cater for any emergency event having the potential to threaten the safety and health of employees, adjacent industries, or the public;
  • To ensure that neighbours are aware of the appropriate responses and know how to respond to hazards from Kwinana Industries Public Safety sites;
  • To review all draft or proclaimed legislation, regulations and similar Codes, that could impact on Safety Report Sites and to give appropriate advice to management; 
  • To take advantage of the opportunity for benchmarking and performance monitoring to lift the overall standard of all members.

About nine years ago, KIC conceived of a system called PC Cops that would alert the community of a major incident via an automatic telephone alert. Development proved difficult in WA, but has now been achieved interstate, with the system now called State Alert and under the control of the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA). However, KIA members were denied direct access to State Alert. Since an early warning system could prove useful to KIA companies with a serious current issue, the committee successfully lobbied for the decision to deny access to be overturned.

KIMA Members

  • Alcoa of Australia, Kwinana

  • Avertas Energy 

  • BHP Kwinana Nickel Refinery

  • BP Refinery, Kwinana

  • Cockburn Cement

  • Coogee

  • Covalent

  • CSBP

  • Fremantle Ports

  • Kleenheat, KPF

  • Synergy

  • Tianqi Lithium

  • Tronox

  • Water Corporation

Environment & Planning

The Kwinana Industrial Area is Western Australia’s pre-eminent industrial complex with many of its industries recognised as industry leaders in environmental management and environmental performance.

The KIC Environment Committee focuses on facilitating continual improvement in industry performance in the area of environmental management, and engages Government and the community to achieve cooperative outcome based approaches to environment and planning regulation to the benefit of industry and its key stakeholders.

Committee Objectives

The committee’s objective is to provide technical information and advice, based on rigorous scientific research, in support of KIC’s objectives to proactively influence the community and government agencies on environmental and planning matters.


Air Quality

The Committee oversaw KIC’s involvement in the Phase 4 DEC Kwinana Airshed Study through its participation on the Study Advisory Group (KASAG). An interim report was published and the findings presented at the Communities & Industries Forum in April 2012. Further test work is planned to complete the study. Equipment previously located in Midland will be relocated to the Kwinana area and used to monitor ammonia and volatile organic compounds (of particular relevance to KIC members).

The State Department of Health published its final report into the respiratory health of local primary school children. The Committee oversaw KIC’s involvement in this study. The outcomes of the study were presented at the Communities and Industries Forum and communication leaflets were provided to parents of the children who participated in the study. The study indicates no significant difference between children in the Kwinana area, with areas elsewhere in Perth and interstate. A follow up study was recommended to investigate a slightly higher incidence of wheeze in children who lived in Kwinana in their early years. If this study is implemented, the committee will again oversee the KIC involvement.

Noise Management

No further studies were conducted into noise from the KIA.
The long awaited amendments to the Noise Regulations have been delayed again due to insufficient consultation with some stakeholders. The proposed amendments incorporate the request from KIC to declare a special zone for industry-to-industry noise limits. A request for exemption from the existing regulations was put on hold pending the imminent release of the revised regulations.

Water Quality

The release of the Cockburn Sound Management Council annual “State of the Sound” report was delayed (due to internal review). The report again shows that the Sound is in good health and that industry is not causing any detriment to the water body.

Infrastructure Planning

The Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) is the most recent addition to KIC’s committee structure. Its purpose is to identify constraints to industry’s competitiveness that can be traced back to inadequate or sub-optimal infrastructure capacity or availability.

The commencement of the IPC coincided with the establishment of the Westport project (evaluation of freight port options (locations and configurations), and so the work of the Committee was put on hold while the Westport project concluded its work. It was considered better to provide the Westport project team with details of industry’s infrastructure needs, and for them to then incorporate these into their planning process.

The reason for this decision was that most of the existing infrastructure constraints are likely to be resolved as an outcome of Westport’s recommended Kwinana port option, and a government decision to proceed with the project, at some point.

Strategic infrastructure projects the IPC was considering included:

  • increasing the rail capacity in and around the industrial area 
  • increasing Outer Harbour port handling and berthage capacity
  • finalising the boundary of the industrial buffer zone via a Special Control Area level of protection
  • simplifying access to pipeline corridors
  • continued opening up of the internal road network for road-train access
  • establishing a designated strategic freight highway from the coast eastwards to the Tonkin Highway
  • ensure the creation of a multi-agency strategic plan for the development of the Western Trade Coast

From these identified points, it is clear to see that most, if not all, are addressed in the planning for the new freight port in Kwinana.

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Kwinana WA 6966

Tel: (08) 9419 1855

Email: admin@kic.org.au

Contact Us

PO Box 649
Kwinana WA 6966

Tel: (08) 9419 1855

Email: admin@kic.org.au