The Agri-Innovation Precinct (AIP) is a catalyst for the conditioning of the next generation into a highly skilled workforce to satisfy job requirements and is of momentous benefit to Murray businesses and ratepayers.
The common-use facilities within the Precinct will be a Shire of Murray owned asset that will help secure long-term sustainability for the district and through strategic linkages and improved access to export markets, local business will have new platforms on which to expand and grow.
The Precinct will boast common-use infrastructure to accommodate high technology food production, value-added processing and university-led research and development, including:
- Science laboratories
- Food product, research and small batch production facilities
- Offices and co-working spaces
- Cold and dry storage
- Warehousing, packaging and distribution and incubator space
- Café and public presentation areas
The AIP will also accommodate a substantial business support network comprised of mentors and specialists, advice on export markets, access to angel investors and venture capitalists. Funding support will also be available in the form of vouchers, to be used to access the science and product research offered at the AIP, space and facilities in the AIP or specialised equipment.
The facility provides a unique opportunity for existing enterprise, entrepreneurs and start-ups to access new technologies, test and build new products, access new domestic and export markets and develop sustainable new enterprise.
A $21.75 million grant through the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund will see to the construction of the AIP.
Current Stage to end 2019:
- Project Manager appointed
- Tenders sought for architectural services
- Foundation tenant negotiations
- Building design and costings – finalisation anticipated for December 2019
Transform Peel will help future-proof food and water supplies and drive economic growth, by creating new industries and jobs, encouraging enterprise and providing sustainable sources of food and water as the population grows south of Perth.
Transform Peel is a 35 year development program comprising three main elements:
- 1,000ha Peel Business Park
- 28,000ha Peel Food Zone
- Peel Integrated Water Initiative
The Project was engineered in response to several challenges and opportunities faced by the Peel region.
- Significant expected population growth
- Environmental pressures on our waterways
- Insufficient supply of jobs and leakage of our workforce out of our region
- High unemployment rate
- Declining standards of living and high socio-economic disadvantage
- Peel’s proximity to the metropolitan region
- Major food export opportunities
- State food and nutrition security concerns
- Requirement for a long-term home for Perth’s food industries
- New technologies and IP commercialisation
- Significant job creation
- Alternative water supplies
- Reduction in nutrient flows into the Peel Harvey Catchment
Its successful implementation will meet about one third of the employment needs of the Peel region by 2050, delivering over 33,100 jobs.
The project further focuses on diversification and innovation to disrupt and transition Peel’s economy from its population driven profile to a high performing traded economy.
The Transform Peel Project is the result of a successful partnership between the Shire of Murray, Peel Development Commission, LandCorp, Department of Water and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and is proudly supported by the State Government through its Royalties for Regions scheme.
Peel Business Park will comprise five precincts:
- The Agri-Innovation Precinct focusing on innovative, high-quality food production and processing, which is not climate dependent and designed to allow for stronger connections between agricultural and logistics chains, to build critical capacity, business capability and export readiness.
- The General Industrial Precinct will be home to a wide-range of industrial, transport and logistics, and warehouse uses.
- The Light Industrial Precinct will feature a network of well-connected, flexible lots to meet differing business needs.
- Highly accessible, well positioned lots will suit the demands of businesses in the Commercial Precinct.
- The Renewable Energy Precinct offers unique power requirements, with both mains and renewable energy options at negotiable rates, feeding back into one of the largest industrial micro-grids in Australia.
The business park also includes plans for a campus style technology park for research, development and training organisations. The Peel workforce initiative, delivered by Peel Development Commission, will tap into the large, local workforce of skilled employees that is readily available.
Once fully completed, the Peel Business Park is expected to create around 2,000 local jobs and inject around $1 billion into the State’s economy each year.
During construction, the park is expected to create over 300 jobs with a further 160 permanent operational workforce jobs for the Peel region once the first stage is fully operational.
The Park is a flagship project of the newly formed Industrial Land Authority, and is being delivered by LandCorp, Peel Development Commission and the Shire of Murray.
Essential trunk infrastructure is being funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions scheme.
The renewable energy micro-grid will be established as part of stage one development and is expected to be one of the largest for an industrial development in Australia.
For further information visit landcorp.com.au/peelbusinesspark.
The Shire of Murray in partnership with Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, secured funding under the Federal Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development program for a two year feasibility study into a Managed Aquifer Recharge scheme within the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup.
Manage Aquifer Recharge uses the natural groundwater aquifer system to store water during the wetter winter months for reuse over the dry summer period.
The Study was intended to assess the aquifer properties, water quality and potential reaction with source waters, for storage into the deep Cattamarra aquifer, 250 metres below the surface. The groundwater is then pumped back to the surface for future reuse by industry, recreational open space or agricultural activity in the Peel Food Zone.
Darling Downs Drilling was successful in a tender process for the drilling and construction of a production and monitoring bore and pump testing.
Drilling of the main exploratory bore commenced in early June 2017 with a second monitoring bore installed in late September.
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec was appointed to oversee the water testing program and hydro geochemical modelling and risk assessment program. The initial results of the feasibility study which were made available in February 2018, indicated promising results and provided a better understanding of the aquifer system and its potential to secure ‘fit for purpose’ water supply for the district.
The conclusions presented in the final feasibility report indicate that it is appropriate to progress to a more specific trial to confirm system operability.
Prior to the commencement of the next trial, it is likely that an economic feasibility assessment will be completed to gain a better understanding of the costs required to establish a full water supply scheme, ongoing operational costs and to identify end users.
Peel Business Park, the catalyst for the Transform Peel program, is situated in a semi-rural area which prior to development, had limited access to essential services such as power.
In planning the development of the Peel Business Park, Western Power (the network operator for the South West Interconnected System (SWIS)) advised LandCorp that there was insufficient network capacity to meet the power needs of the first 290 hectares (Phase 1). In order to increase the network capacity to meet Phase 1’s requirements, Western Power would need to upgrade its network at significant cost.
To avoid significant network infrastructure upgrade costs for the Peel Business Park developers or purchasers, LandCorp investigated the deployment of a scalable microgrid solution owned and operated by a third party energy provider.
LandCorp considered that the Microgrid could avoid a costly network upgrade while also lowering power costs to businesses moving to the Park by integrating both grid supply with locally deployed embedded renewable energy generation and a battery storage system. The Peel Business Park Industrial Microgrid is the first of its kind in Western Australia.