- Up to $5 million towards a new Myalup Primary Industry Reserve
- $850,000 to develop outer metropolitan food precincts
- Additional $24 million for grains research and development
Growing Western Australia's agricultural industries is front and centre of the McGowan Government's job-creating agenda, with new investment in the 2018-19 State Budget to drive long-term opportunities in agriculture right across WA.
The 2018-19 Budget delivers on the McGowan Government's election commitment to develop food production precincts in Perth and regional WA.
The Government will invest up to $5 million towards establishing the Myalup Primary Industry Reserve, a horticultural precinct that will create more than 100 new local jobs.
The first stage of the project will develop 500 hectares of new horticultural land around Myalup, which is expected to boost the agricultural value of the Myalup horticultural production area by 4.5 times to $281 million.
The McGowan Government will invest $850,000 over two years towards identifying and developing food precincts in outer metropolitan Perth, including at Carabooda and in the Swan Valley.
A further $24 million will be invested in grains research and development bringing total investment to more than $45 million across the forward estimates, to keep WA's grain industry at the forefront of the international grains market.
The McGowan Government's 2018-19 Budget also includes:
- $1.5 million towards the Asian Market Success program;
- $4.6 million for the Boosting Biosecurity Defences project;
- $500,000 to complete the Gascoyne Food Bowl project; and
- $810,000 towards the West Kimberley Water for Food program.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Our Government knows that agriculture has enormous potential to diversify regional economies, create local jobs across the State and drive real economic benefits for WA.
"The 2018-19 Budget delivers on our commitment to developing agriculture in WA.
"The Myalup Primary Industry Reserve provides the opportunity for the expansion of our agricultural production in south-western WA, and our investment in outer metropolitan food precincts will help secure new opportunities in areas like Carabooda.
"We are putting research and development back at the heart of the State's agricultural endeavour, acknowledging that our growers need to stay ahead of the game to compete with interstate and international markets."
Minister's office - 6552 6200