Land of op­por­tu­nity

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

THE Peel re­gion is a big step closer to be­com­ing a ma­jor agri-busi­ness and in­no­va­tion hub in WA.

The first lots of land in Peel Busi­ness Park – a ma­jor jobs precinct for in­dus­trial and agri­cul­tural in­vest­ment at Nam­beelup – have been re­leased.

Peel In­dus­trial Park has been in plan­ning for more than a decade and the re­lease of 12 lots rep­re­sents the first al­lot­ment within the 120-hectare first stage that forms part of the wider 1000-hectare park.

The stage 1 re­lease marks the de­liv­ery of a State Gov­ern­ment elec­tion com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish the In­dus­trial Lands Au­thor­ity and stream­line devel­op­ment of Peel In­dus­trial Park.

It is a project of the newly formed In­dus­trial Land Au­thor­ity within LandCorp, Peel Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the Shire of Mur­ray.

An ear­lier ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est project showed 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 1 is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 300 jobs, with an­other 160 jobs once the first stage is fully op­er­a­tional.

Part of stage 1 will be con­struc­tion of a re­new­able en­ergy mi­cro grid, ex­pected to be the big­gest for an in­dus­trial devel­op­ment in Aus­tralia.

The lots will also have high-speed in­ter­net and retic­u­lated gas ser­vices from the Bun­bury-Dampier gas pipe­line.

LandCorp will award the first con­struc­tion con­tract for the trunk in­fra­struc­ture works next month.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah Mc­Tier­nan said the Peel In­dus­trial Park would be an in­cu­ba­tor for new and emerg­ing agri­cul­ture, re­search and devel­op­ment and tech­nol­ogy en­ter­prises.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

John Tonkin Year 10 stu­dents (back) Jake Rash­brook, Nat­syne and Joshua Spozetta with en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Joe Tonga and North Man­durah PS stu­dents Eli­jah Green, Lila Bil­lett, Tjah To and Chelsea Cox.

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