A CO-OPERATIVE research and product development precinct – the first of its kind in WA – is being established at Nambeelup.
The precinct aims to broaden WA’s economic base with enterprise product development and production primarily for international markets.
The Agri-Innovation Precinct will develop sustainable enterprise, economic opportunity and exports, primarily in the agtech, IT and food and beverage sectors, through the establishment of an ecosystem comprising existing businesses, 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 in 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, cafe and public presentation areas.
The Precinct will also accommodate a business support network comprised of mentors and business specialists.
Shire president David Bolt said a common trend in today’s economy results in 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,” he said.
Planning, design and costings for the Precinct will be finalised before December, with construction set to start 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.
Submissions should include current enterprise status, a brief description of the idea, concept or product and equipment or expertise requirements.
Submissions close on Friday, July 26 at 5pm and should be addressed to the Manager Investment Attraction David Arkwright, Shire of Murray, PO Box 21, Pinjarra WA 6208 or email@example.com.