The future is brighter for youth, entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing business including producers, as planning progresses for the Agri-Innovation Precinct in Transform Peel's Peel Business Park in Nambeelup.
In June, a project manager was appointed to oversee the delivery of the Shire of Murray owned facility.
The project manager is also sitting on the committee, overseeing the design of the Bushfire Centre of Excellence to optimise synergies between the Centre and the Park.
Negotiations for Agreement to Lease are underway with foundation tenants Fund Singapore, Murdoch University and Manuka Life confirmed.
Over 20 submissions were received by the Shire from individuals, entrepreneurs and small and major enterprise.
The Shire of Murray and Peel Development Commission are working together to establish an interim program to progress a selection of submissions for inclusion in the Precinct once it is open.
Tenders are currently being advertised for a design architect to progress building plans, designs, costings and determine equipment requirements, with appointment anticipated for September.
Subject to final designs and costings, which are anticipated by December 2019, the Precinct 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.
Construction is on track to commence in February 2020, with Precinct occupation anticipated for early 2022.
The Agri-Innovation Precinct is establishing an eco-system of existing business, entrepreneurs, start-ups, common-use infrastructure, scientific research, product and business development support and access to new domestic and export markets.
The Precinct will broaden Peel's economic base by competitively positioning enterprise product development and production primarily for international markets, especially in the Agtech, IT and Food and Beverage sectors.
It will be a cooperative research and development establishment, providing access to expertise and new technologies to test and build new products and will help secure the long-term sustainability of Murray and beyond.
The Agri-Innovation Precinct has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government's Regional Growth Fund.
On site at Peel Business Park, the Royalties for Regions funded infrastructure works are being progressed by LandCorp with the electrical component including installation of underground cable from Pinjarra to the Business Park complete.
Bulk earthworks for the first stage of industrial development is also complete and a contract will be awarded shortly for subdivision works to stage one, road and services upgrades to Gull and Lakes Roads as well as improvements to outfall drainage for the Business Park.
Tenders for the trunk sewer and water component have closed with the award anticipated shortly.
These progressive projects are contributing significantly to the economic viability of our region.
Through increased job, training, business growth and diversification opportunities, the future is bright for our community.
David Bolt is the Shire of Murray president.