Funding Required: $3,000,000 over five years
Funding Purpose: Business assessment and planning, business support services ($500,000). Innovation, equipment, research and development ($2,500,000)
The Agri-Innovation Precinct (AIP) is a catalyst for the conditioning of the next generation into a highly skilled workforce to satisfy job requirements. The common-use facilities within the Precinct will be a Shire of Murray owned asset that will help secure long-term sustainability for the district, and through strategic linkages and improved access to export markets, local business will have new platforms on which to expand and grow.
These common-use facilities will accommodate high technology food production, valueadded processing and university-led research and development, including:
- Science laboratories
- Food product, research and small batch production facilities
- Offices and co-working spaces
- Cold and dry storage
- Warehousing, packaging and distribution and incubator space
- Café and public presentation areas
The AIP will also accommodate a substantial business support network comprised of mentors and business specialists.
The facility provides a unique opportunity for existing enterprise, entrepreneurs and startups to access new technologies, test and build new products, access new domestic and export markets and develop sustainable new enterprise.
A $21.75 million grant through the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund will see to the construction of the AIP. An Interim Steering Committee comprising the Shire of Murray, the Peel Development Commission, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Murdoch University and Fund Singapore, has progressed the project since its commencement in April 2019.
Read more about it on page 30 of the 2019/2020 Future Peel publication.