THE Shire of Murray is on the brink of securing $21.75 million for construction of a world class agri-innovation precinct within Transform Peel’s Peel Business Park, through the Federal Government’s Regional Growth.
The shire was one of 16 successful applicants out of 300 in the first round and invited to submit a full business case.
It has started on the required report to ensure delivery within the three month time frame.
The funds would be used to buy 2.5ha of land in the precinct and for construction of common-use infrastructure including research facilities, cold storage, warehousing, packaging and distribution and incubator space.
An Enterprise Development Support Program will also be established to help with entrepreneurial training and access to export markets and development finance.
Shire president David Bolt said the precinct was a catalyst for the conditioning of the next generation into a highly skilled workforce to satisfy job requirements.
About 186 direct and indirect jobs would be created through construction of the common use facilities with the creation of a further 88 operational jobs.
The project will also be an important catalyst for the anticipated long-term outcome of 33,000 jobs for the wider Transform Peel initiative.