Transform Peel is a $49m Royalties for Regions funded program aimed at achieving job creation, sustainable growth and economic development in the Peel Region. The Peel Development Commission and its partners, intend to implement this program over 35 years where projections estimate that 35,000 jobs will be created generating an approximate $16.2b per annum economic output by 2050. Located in the Shires of Murray and Serpentine Jarrahdale, the program comprises three integrated, strategic elements, the Peel Business Park (PBP), the Peel Food Zone (PFZ) and the Peel Integrated Water Initiative.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is the lead agency for PFZ subproject which involves the development of a food/ agriculture industry transition program to assist with facilitating decisions by existing WA and Australian food industries and related support industries to relocate to the PBP.
The Peel Business Park
Located 10 kilometres north-east of Mandurah, the PBP will cater for agri-food and agriprocessing operators, as well as ancillary light, general transport and logistic industries. The overall PBP covers 1,000ha across multiple lot ownerships, however the focus of this study is the planned initial 120ha precinct at Lot 600 Lakes Road Nambeelup, which is under LandCorp ownership.
Purpose of this report
This report provides a strategy to assist with facilitating decisions by existing WA and Australian food industry businesses and support industries to relocate to the PBP or to the Transform Peel area generally. The findings of this report will be used by DPIRD, LandCorp and the Peel Development Commission.
Identification of agri-food businesses under relocation pressure in the Perth and Peel Regions
The analysis identified 401 agri-food businesses in the Perth and Peel Regions. The results show that around 51% of businesses are located within industrial zones, with the remaining businesses located in zones which may be less suitable including commercial (26%)1, agricultural/rural (9%), development (7%) or residential (6%) zones. The 31 businesses currently located in development zones may be under the most pressure to relocate before their surrounding area transitions to higher density development (e.g. residential). Many of these businesses are located in urban development zonings around North Coogee, where they currently enjoy strategic proximity to major infrastructure such as the Fremantle Port.
The most common businesses identified were classified as gourmet, fresh produce, meat, seafood, food wholesaler, baking, oils, exporter/Importer and packing. Together these businesses represented 77% of all agri-food businesses in the region.
Number of Pages
Peel Region, Peel Food Zone, agrifood business, land use planning
GHD 2017, 'Peel Business Park transition strategy', report to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, GHD, Perth.
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