The State Government today announced the first stage of a new agricultural and industrial precinct which is expected to deliver up to 33,000 jobs by 2050 and economic opportunities for the Peel region.
Premier Colin Barnett announced the first phase of funding of $49.3 million for Transform Peel, which comprised a business park, food zone and an integrated water initiative across a 28,000ha zone in Nambeelup, 14 kilometres east of Mandurah.
"As a Government, we must look to secure our State's future and provide opportunities for industry growth and employment for generations to come," Mr Barnett said.
"The first stage of the precinct - a 1,000ha business park - will offer land for agricultural and industrial businesses. In terms of growing the economy and creating jobs, this project in the Shire of Murray will rank alongside industrial zones at Canning Vale and the Henderson Marine Complex."
Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said Transform Peel was central to the Peel Regional Investment Blueprint and an example of the Government's Royalties for Regions investment helping to build vibrant regions with strong economies.
"Funding for the first stage of the precinct will see the creation of services in the business park and also fund research into water initiatives and planning for the food zone," Mr Redman said.
"The next stage will include a 27,000ha food zone, which will have the ability to supply significant proportions of the fresh produce requirements for the metropolitan area and exports through the use of non-traditional agriculture.
"The water initiative will provide a sustainable water supply for food production and industry."
Transform Peel will comprise a 1,000ha business park, 27,000ha food zone and an integrated water management system
The Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $49.3 million into the first phase of Transform Peel
The funding comes from the $600 million Growing our South initiative - a fund for the Great Southern, South-West, Wheatbelt and Peel regions
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