INGHAM’S Enterprises has announced it will move from its Sinagra site.
The business plans to build a new feed mill in Muchea over the next three years and a hatchery will be built at a yet to be finalised location.
As part of the expansion, it will move all operations from Sinagra and has started the sale and leaseback process of the site.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan welcomed the plans, after Labor committed to facilitating Ingham’s relocation prior to the election.
“Ingham’s decision to keep investing in WA signals the serious business interest in our local agriculture and food industries,” she said.
“WA Labor started discussions with Ingham’s last year and committed to facilitating this relocation and expansion; now we have fulfilled that commitment.
“Growing exports is important, but there are real opportunities in expanding our agriculture sector to meet increasing local demand.”
Ingham’s chief commercial officer Quinton Hildebrand said the business would be investing $70 million in WA.
“We’ll be expanding our operations in WA, this will lead to an increase in the volumes that we produce here in the State to meet the demand locally, as well as making sure that we are reinvesting in the operations here and creating investment and job opportunities for West Australians,” he said.
“We will be vacating this (Sinagra) site once we have constructed new facilities and we’d expect that the feed mill would be completed by 2020.”
It will impose a condition of the property’s sale to include a leaseback to Ingham’s until the Muchea facility is ready.
Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said Labor would take steps to have the site rezoned and eventually developed for housing.
“I’m delighted that we’ve got an opportunity to have a win-win outcome where Ingham’s can grow their business but by the same token we now have Wanneroo with the potential to have a fantastic town centre in the future,” she said.
“We think this is an absolutely perfect opportunity for more residential options within the town site and to activate the town site.”
Ms MacTiernan believed the arrangement would work well because there was three years for zoning to be completed and create a detailed plan for the area.
“If (Ingham’s) had to get all of those approvals in place beforehand this would be at least another probably seven years off,” she said.
“Ingham’s have got the confidence that they can go forward and make this massive financial investment in WA.”