Federal grant worth $21.75m for Peel Business Park

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie at Peel Business Park.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie at Peel Business Park.

INVESTMENT in a long-term jobs plan is coming to the Peel Region, with the Shire of Murray succeeding in its application for $21.75 million towards the construction of the Peel Business Park.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie has worked closely with the Shire of Murray to secure federal support, which will be delivered through the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund.

The investment will be used in the first stage of the Peel Business Park’s construction. It will be used to build the park’s Agri-Innovation Precinct, which will focus on the development of food production and processing technology.

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The overall project is expected to create 363 jobs during construction and 3930 jobs post-construction. It will provide significant opportunities for young people to gain local jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Mr Hastie said the funding came after several years of combined lobbying with the local government.

“Over the past several years I have worked closely with Shire of Murray President David Bolt and Shire CEO Dean Unsworth to help make this project a reality,” Mr Hastie said.

“Together we lobbied the Government to explain the potential of this project to our region.

“Late last year the Peel Business Park was shortlisted for funding and an invitation was extended to submit a full business case.

“This announcement locks that investment in.”

Mr Hastie said the investment was big news for the region.

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Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund provided grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects that create regional jobs and support long-term economic growth.

“The Regional Growth Fund is specifically designed to fund projects that have been carefully assessed as having real potential to generate jobs and economic growth in regional communities across Australia,” he said.

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