Kimberley Asparagus Pty Ltd secures Skuthorpe Horticulture Area land release
Land release to create export market opportunities and boost jobs
Part of $40 million Water for Food program, supported by Royalties for Regions
Lands Minister Terry Redman today announced Kimberley Asparagus Pty Ltd, a joint venture between local Rusty Dredge and the Western Australian branch of the Fresh Produce Group, had been successful in its land release proposal for the Skuthorpe Horticulture Area near Broome.
The Department of Lands ran an Expressions of Interest process for initiatives that promote horticultural activity for the 682 hectares of land. Proposals were received from a variety of businesses.
Mr Redman said the panel determined Kimberley Asparagus met all criteria at a high level and demonstrated its understanding of growing in local conditions, export potential, and had retail opportunities to sell its product.
"Kimberley Asparagus was chosen as it had a clear vision for expanding horticultural opportunities in the Kimberley region, which will also boost job opportunities in the region," he said.
"The prospective economic benefits for WA are significant, with the potential to create export opportunities for the asparagus which will be produced."
The land release was made possible by the Liberal National Government's unprecedented investment in agriculture under the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
It is expected 55 jobs will be created, with flow-on benefits including revitalisation of the regional economy, purchase of technical services and investment in the community. The proposal will also earn export income for WA.
Water Minister Mia Davies said the Kimberley Asparagus proposal was a significant opportunity to develop irrigated agriculture in the region.
"This venture is consistent with the focus of the Water for Food program in supporting regional growth and economic development through the expansion of irrigated agriculture," Ms Davies said.
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