Interest Sought for WA’s First Agri-Innovation Precinct
A cooperative research and product development precinct, the first of its kind in Western Australia, is being established in Nambeelup, to broaden Western Australia’s economic base by competitively positioning enterprise product development and production primarily for international markets.
The Agri-Innovation Precinct will grow sustainable enterprise, economic opportunity and exports, especially in the Agtech, IT and Food and Beverage sectors, through the establishment of an eco-system comprising existing business, entrepreneurs and start-ups and common-use infrastructure and scientific research, product and business development support.
The facility will provide access to new technologies to test and build new products, as well as to new domestic and export markets.
Subject to final designs and costings the Shire of Murray owned facility within Transform Peel’s Peel Business Park, will house university-led science laboratories, food product research and small batch production facilities, offices and co-working spaces, business incubator facilities, cold and dry storage facilities, meeting rooms, café and public presentation areas.
Artist impression of the Agri-Innovation Precinct within Peel Business Park.
The Precinct will also accommodate a business support network comprised of mentors and business specialists.
A common trend in today’s economy sees enterprises operating independently, with limited access to infrastructure or research, science and product development support. The Agri-Innovation Precinct will create opportunity for youth, entrepreneurs and existing business as well as aid WA producers in a sustainable way.
Planning, design and costings for the Precinct will be finalised before December 2019, with construction set to commence in February 2020 so that the Precinct is ready for occupation by early 2022.
Expressions of interest are sought from individuals, entrepreneurs and small and major enterprise wishing to pioneer the opportunities on offer through the precinct.
The Agri-Innovation precinct has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Dwellingup on Track to Securing Trails Town Status
Western Australia’s next key trails town, is a few months out from the opening of a significant piece of infrastructure, with works now underway on Dwellingup’s Trails and Visitor Centre.
Works are transforming the town’s current information centre through the addition of 400m2 of building, to incorporate the trails component of visitor servicing including trails retail, improved ablution facilities with additional basins, hot showers, lockers and toilets, laundromat and bike hire, purchase and repair shop.
Other enhancements include a gift shop and improvements to parking, pathways and exterior lighting.
(L-R) Chris Wilcox, Head Project Architect, Wilcox Architects, Shire President Cr. David Bolt and Greg Houston, Site Supervisor, Firm Construction
The addition of a Hotham Valley Tourist Railway viewing platform at the Centre and associated Hotham Valley Tourist Railway rail and turntable installation works, are better positioning the town’s rail trails as a central feature of Dwellingup’s tourism offering.
Visitors to the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre will be able to view historic trains as they pass by the centre to turn on the turntable.
The project is a catalyst for establishing a sustainable economy for Dwellingup and the transformation of the town into a national and future international trails town. The milestone follows the official opening of the Dwellingup Pump Track and Skate Park in April.
Works on an attractive central walkway that connects the various components will complement the redevelopment of the information centre.
Building extension works are further aligned with trails infrastructure development projects including the Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails Network and Dwellingup Adventure Trails, which among other improvements includes the addition of at least 32km of mountain bike trails, additional canoe access points along the Murray River and Captain Fawcett 4WD Track upgrades.
The Dwellingup Trails Centre Project has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the Shire of Murray and Dwellingup Community Association Inc. with landscaping works made possible through funding from Alcoa.
Point Grey Marina Application Refused by Council
Stage one earthworks for the Point Grey Marina development will not proceed at this stage, following Council’s vote against an application presented at the June Council Meeting.
Council arrived at its decision after much deliberation and due diligence that considered the merits of the project but also public concerns, especially regarding the potential longer-term financial and environmental impacts.
Council and the community will not see an approved Capital Dredging and Spoil Disposal Plan, prior to commencement of construction works, as was previously understood, given the changes to the Commonwealth government’s environmental requirements dated March 2019.
The Commonwealth’s environmental conditions originally required a detailed Plan to be prepared and approved prior to substantial commencement of the marina, which would help identify likely costs and impacts of the overall project.
In light of the significance of the project and the potential ongoing financial costs, the risks associated with dredging, spoil disposal and ongoing maintenance are deemed a risk significant enough to not support development approval at this stage.
The environmental impact of the proposal as a whole, including the marina and associated channels, has been assessed by the State and Commonwealth governments with formal environmental approvals granted subject to a number of detailed conditions.
An initial development application for earthworks, being the first stage of the Point Grey Marina development at Lot 672 Carrabungup Road, was refused by Council in April 2019.
This decision was made to provide Council with additional time to review progress on the conditions and plans for the proposal and to give further due diligence to the project and the financial modelling.
The applicant has since lodged an application for review with the State Administrative Tribunal.
A mediation session will take place on Thursday 18 July 2018 to review Council’s decisions.
To view the Council agenda item and supporting documents visit murray.wa.gov.au/council/agendas-minutes-appendices.
Ordinary Council Meeting Thursday 27 June, 2019:
- Southern Palusplain Strategy adopted with recommended modifications following submissions received during public advertising. The final strategy will be forwarded to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to present the Council endorsed land use option for approval
- The ongoing imposition of the Declared Pest Rate by the Office of the State Revenue was supported. Declared Pest Rate is an initiative of the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007
- Council resolved to prepare Amendment No 306 to Town Planning Scheme No 4 to Rezone Lot 518 Stock Road, Stake Hill from Rural to Residential Development. The amendment will be forwarded to the Environmental Protection Authority for consideration. Pending compliance, the amendment will be advertised for a period of at least 42 days
- The development approval for stage 1 earthworks for the Point Grey Marina – Lot 672 Carrabungup Road, Point Grey was not supported
- Council resolved to proceed with the Peel Business Park Lot 600 Design Guidelines Local Planning Policy. Advertising will commence shortly
- Council resolved to request that the Local Government Advisory Board reduce Councillor representation from nine to eight from the October 2021 Council elections
- Council resolved to permit dogs to be exercised off leash on Lot 302 (59) Sunset Circle, Pinjarra (Redcliffe Oval) except in the playground area. This decision will be advertised shortly
- The Destination Assessment Report was endorsed and Council supported the development of the Destination Management Plan and scope, as recommended in the report
- Council resolved to offer a second group of five enterprises who purchase land within Peel Business Park, an exemption from paying local government development and building application fees
- The application of differential rates for the 2019/20 financial year was endorsed
- The preferred tenderers for architectural design services for the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence facility were approved
- A request for funding by North Pinjarra Progress Association for upgrades to the North Pinjarra Community Hall through the Community Facility Fund, was supported subject to further discussions
- Council resolved to provide funding towards the following projects/events as part of round three of the Community Assistance Partnership Fund:
- A new hot water system for Horsepower Mandurah Murray
- An off-grid solar and battery power system for Pinjarra Community Garden
- 2019 Pinjarra Garden Day (Friends of Edenvale)
- 2019 Coolup Community Christmas Party (Coolup Progress Association)
- 2019 Carols by the Canals (South Yunderup Residents and Ratepayers Association)
Round one applications for the 2019/20 Community Assistance Partnership Fund are now open for projects commencing after 31 October, 2019.
The Fund aims to ensure the vibrancy, health and inclusivity of Murray communities by way of assisting not-for-profit community groups, associations and organisations to continue the invaluable work they perform.
The Fund is a partnership between Alcoa and the Shire of Murray and invites applications three times each financial year.
Round one applications close 31 August, 2019.
For further information and an application form click here.
Pinjarra’s Amazing Race
On Thursday 20 June, 26 Murray youth gathered at Sir Ross McLarty oval for the Shire’s second annual Pinjarra Amazing Race. The event puts young people’s mental health at the forefront of Murray’s agenda, and connects locals aged between 12 and 20 with service organisations that assist youth to better navigate life’s varied stages and experiences. The closing ceremony was held at Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre, which included a presentation by Australian cricketer Brad Hogg.
Locals Dig in to Green Murray
The community has been out in full force over the last few weeks, helping to strengthen the district’s enviable natural environment. Greening efforts kicked off with the Planting in the Park event in early June, followed by two National School’s Tree Day events at the North Dandalup River Reserve and Morni Kep Park. Over 300 Peel school students attended to embrace their greener side. Read more.
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