Fisheries Minister Monty House today helped the Great Southern region take another major step towards increasing its involvement in the aquaculture industry.
Mr House today announced his decision to proceed with the establishment of the Great Southern Aquaculture Park adjacent to the Whaleworld complex in Albany.
The Minister's proposal consists of four serviced sites which provide facilities for aquaculture activities including abalone and other shell fish and fin fish.
"Aquaculture has now become one of Australia's fastest-growing primary industries and I am keen to see the Great Southern benefit from this progressive industry," Mr House said.
"This project represents a significant step forward in the development of aquaculture and seafood production in Western Australia.
"There is already major interest from parties in Albany and we are confident that the park will develop into one of the premier aquaculture facilities in the State."
Mr House said the project was funded by the State Government's recent $900,000 allocation to develop the South-West aquaculture industry.
Earlier this year the Minister announced nearly $200,000 would be spent on a new aquaculture development at Pemberton.
In total, the Government has committed $8 million to aquaculture in WA over the next four years.
The State Government has received support for the Great Southern project from the Albany Shire Council and the Jaycees Community Foundation, which leases the land, for the site to be used exclusively for aquaculture.
Preliminary design of the park and its one hectare serviced sites has been completed. More than $460,000 has been budgeted for site preparation, roads and drainage, power and a seawater discharge line.
Mr House said the proposed park would complement an existing oyster and mussel hatchery operated by local company Ocean Foods International.
The Fisheries Department would advertise for potential park tenants soon.
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