Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Food hubs to help regional businesses flourish

    26/08/2015 10:45 AM
    • A specialised food centre will be established in Albany and a premium food centre based in Manjimup to support regional agriculture and food businesses

    The State Government will establish two regional food centres that will work with agriculture and food businesses across Western Australia to capture premium domestic and export market opportunities.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the $4.5 million Food Industry Innovation project, which will help regional businesses develop a competitive advantage via collaboration and innovation.


    Mr Baston said the project involved allocating $3 million for the establishment of a premium food centre at Manjimup and $1.5 million for a specialised food centre at Albany.


    "By working together to overcome regional constraints and optimise advantages, regional businesses can share and leverage costs, promotion, market development and new technology," he said.


    "The premium food centre will assist businesses to upscale and co-ordinate production and promotion of high value, low input products, with a particular focus on the organics industry.


    "The specialised food centre will support collaboration between a broad range of agriculture and food businesses from across the South-West, Wheatbelt and the Great Southern to reduce costs by sharing inputs, such as knowledge, skills, technology and infrastructure."


    Mr Redman said the project was part of the State Government's $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions, to capitalise on growing global demand for agriculture and food.


    "The Government is committed to growing and broadening regional food businesses to differentiate their products in the highly competitive global food marketplace," he said.


    "By working collaboratively with the agrifood industry to seize emerging opportunities and support businesses in becoming preferred suppliers of premium quality products, this project will strengthening regional economies throughout the State."


    Fact File

    • There are about 1,100 food manufacturing businesses in WA, which employ about 19,000 people
    • Australian organic production has a farm gate value of more than $300 million and retail sales of more than $1.2 million (IBIS 2013).  170 organic farms operate across WA

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700