AFTER some 10 years in the pipeline, Transform Peel took off today with the launch of the first stage of the 1000ha Peel Business Park’s agri-innovation component.
The agri-innovation precinct is the first of five precincts planned for the business park site on the corner of Lakes and Gull Roads at Nambeelup in the Murray Shire.
Construction starts early next year and fully serviced lots are expected to be available within 12 months.
The 35-year Transform Peel vision is expected to transform the economy of the Peel and is designed to meet the needs of a growing population.
It includes the business park, a 42,000 hectare Peel Food Zone and Peel Integrated Water Initiative.
Murray Shire president David Bolt said Transform Peel would create more than 33,000 jobs over the next 30 years.
“High youth unemployment shows no sign of coming down any time soon,’’ he said.
“This is not just another industrial estate, it has been well thought through.”
Peel Development Commission chair Paddi Creevey said the project had first been mooted in 1994 and was of Statewide significance.
“If we don’t start to do things differently, we will not be leaving a future for our children,’’ she said.
“This is a great example of how local government steps up to the plate.”