Regional

$10 million for job-creating Peel Food Technology Facility

Posted on January 27, 2021
  • $10 million commitment to innovative Food Technology Facility at Peel Business Park
  • Facility to supercharge advanced food manufacturing opportunities in the region and across the State
  • Investment into value-adding to create hundreds of jobs

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government would invest $10 million to establish the Food Technology Facility at the Peel Business Park, putting the Peel region at the forefront of a job-creating value-adding industry.

The FTF project, in partnership with Murdoch University and the Shire of Murray, will see the design, outfit and operation of 600sqm of manufacturing space in the Western Australia Food Innovation Precinct in Nambeelup, containing a range of advanced food manufacturing equipment.

The facility will assist primary producers and food and beverage businesses develop, test and produce new and improved products using advanced manufacturing technologies and processes.

This will allow businesses to confirm market demand and buyers, allowing them to invest with confidence in new large-scale commercial production lines.

The FTF project will be developed and operated by Murdoch University, allowing industry to access expertise and skilled technical staff while also linking to the research on personalised nutrition being undertaken at the Australian National Phenome Centre.

The investment would build on the $49.3 million McGowan Government investment into the Transform Peel initiative and the Peel Business Park.

Economic modelling estimates that increasing food manufacturing output by just one to three per cent would create up to 500 additional jobs across WA.

Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

“WA leads the nation in bulk agricultural exports, but we have plenty of room to grow when it comes to value-added food and beverage products.

“This investment into the Food Technology Centre will give local food manufacturing businesses the confidence to invest and grow, creating potentially hundreds of local, long-term jobs for regional WA.”

Comments attributed to Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke:

“The Food Technology Centre will put the Peel on the map as a national leader in innovative food production, and will create jobs right across the Peel region.

“We have some of Australia’s best fresh produce in the Peel, and this investment will allow us to take that quality product to the next level – supporting local farmers, local businesses and the local economy.”

Comments attributed to Member for Mandurah David Templeman:

“This is an important part of the Transform Peel initiative, which will create thousands of jobs for the Peel region.”