An “existing industry” within the Shire of Harvey is set to expand at the Kemerton Industrial Area, creating a possible employment boost for the South West region. Although the details of the company remain under wraps, the expansion was flagged at last week’s Harvey Shire Council meeting. The council received an application from Urbis on behalf of DevelopmentWA to initiate an amendment to the planning scheme. The item signalled growth within the industrial park just north of Brunswick — and was later confirmed by Harvey Shire manger of planning and services officer Simon Hall. Mr Hall said there were several major industrial developments that wanted to expand. He said he could confirm one was already operating within the shire. Mr Hall said the success of Albemarle Lithium had provided for “ongoing development”. The Kemerton Industrial Area is a strategic heavy industrial estate in the South West and links to the Bunbury Port. It also has land reserved for a rail connection if required. The industries operating out of Kemerton range from lithium hydroxide processing to silica sand production. It is home to Albemarle, Kemerton Silica Sand, Simcoa Operations, Cristal, Nufarm Coogee Pty Ltd, BOC Limited, Transfield and Tesla. However, not all councillors were in unison on the proposal. Cr John Bromham raised concerns about protecting the nearby drinking water source. He said he believed future expansions to the area would put the resource at risk. “It has already been contaminated in the past,” Cr Bromham said. “How do we ensure we don’t make the same mistakes in the future?” Cr Bromham said there had been a hypersaline spill in the area in the 1980s. “If that occurs again in that particular area, then it will go straight into the drinking water,” he said. Cr Bonham said he wanted the planning department to assess the historical spill to prevent it from happening again. Councillors will tonight vote on whether they support the change in amendments. Mr Hall is also expected to reveal the number of jobs the potential expansion would create.