State Election 2017: Labor will help Ingham’s poultry farm with move

Rita Saffioti and Sabine Winton are working on a plan to relocate the Inghams factoray in Sinagra
Rita Saffioti and Sabine Winton are working on a plan to relocate the Inghams factoray in Sinagra

THE State Opposition wants to help a Sinagra poultry farm move from the area and create housing in its place.

Opposition planning spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said if elected in March, a Labor Government would work with Ingham’s to relocate from its Wanneroo Road site.

“Wanneroo has changed and is now a major residential hub of the northern suburbs,” she said.

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“Having this plant in this area is no longer consistent with residential living. Ingham’s is supporting a move to a new area, with increased production that will create more jobs.”

Ms Saffioti said Labor would seek to rezone the land from urban deferred to urban and assist Ingham’s to move “as soon as possible”.

It will develop a master plan for the site, aimed at creating residential developments with strong transport connections.

Labor’s candidate for Wanneroo Sabine Winton said the new development would be based on “the most progressive and sustainable planning methods”.

An Ingham’s spokeswoman said the business was committed to relocating and had briefed Government and Opposition representatives on its plans but not made any commitments or agreement with either.

It was also liaising with the City of Wanneroo.

“We understand that the public would like to see us move our operations from the residential area,” she said.

“We have not yet identified alternate sites for a new feed mill and hatchery.

“Several factors need to be sorted through to make relocating a viable option.

“Ingham’s is committed to finding an alternate site and will keep the community informed.”