- Hundreds of jobs to be created from release of stage one Peel Business Park land
- McGowan Government election commitment to streamline industrial land on track
- First stage to include construction of renewable energy micro grid
The first lots of land within the Peel Business Park - a major jobs precinct for industrial and agricultural investment in Nambeelup - have now been released.
Peel Industrial Park has been in planning for more than a decade, and today's release of 12 lots represents the first allotment within the 120-hectare first stage, which forms part of the wider 1,000-hectare park.
The stage one release marks the delivery of a key McGowan Government election commitment to establish the Industrial Lands Authority and streamline development of the Peel Industrial Park.
It is a flagship project of the newly formed Industrial Land Authority within LandCorp, Peel Development Commission and the Shire of Murray.
An earlier expression of interest project has shown early demand for the lots, with nine
agri-businesses or general industrial companies wanting to relocate or start new businesses at Peel Business Park.
Construction and land development of stage one is expected to create more than 300 jobs, with a further 160 permanent jobs for the Peel region once the first stage is fully operational.
Part of stage one will be the construction of a renewable energy micro grid, which is expected to be one of the largest for an industrial development in Australia. The lots will also have high-speed internet and reticulated gas services from the Bunbury to Dampier gas pipeline.
In November, LandCorp will be awarding the first construction contract for the trunk infrastructure works with planned commencement in early 2019.
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Unlocking industrial land close to key road and rail infrastructure is integral to the McGowan Government's plan for more jobs and getting the WA economy back on track.
"The Peel region will play a major part in that plan due to its population growth and strategic proximity to the South-West region and the ports of Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury.
"The first release of land in the Peel Business Park is an exciting milestone for the wider Transform Peel initiative, which aims to attract investment in the region."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Peel region is a giant step closer to becoming a major agri-business and innovation hub in WA.
"The Peel Industrial Park will be an incubator for new and emerging industries across a broad range of sectors including agriculture, research and development and technology enterprises and well as general and light industrial and commercial business.
"The State Government has committed $45 million towards the development of supporting infrastructure in the Peel Business Park to underpin the economic prosperity in the Peel region and create hundreds of much-needed jobs."
Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200