Premier Jay Weatherill said the state-of-the-art development would enable food manufacturers, food packaging specialists, cold-chain suppliers and transport companies to expand and grow.
“South Australia’s food manufacturers face numerous challenges including increasing costs of operation,” Mr Weatherill said.
“The 40-hectare Food Park will provide expansion opportunities for new and existing businesses. Importantly, the Park will help to expedite distribution of food to local, national and international markets.
Mr Weatherill said that currently, many food manufacturers faced challenges in expanding or increasing production due to limited space and increasing costs of operation.
“By co-locating and even sharing certain utilities creating cost competitiveness and driving efficiencies,” he said.
“It will create jobs and drive business in a sector that is world-class.”
The 2015-16 State Budget included $93 million over four years in targeted initiatives to deliver a sustainable future for northern Adelaide including $2 million over two years to help with the planning of the Food Park.
The Food Park will be a specific area of at least 40 hectares that will allow the co-location of:
- food manufacturers
- food packaging specialists
- cold-chain suppliers
- logistics and other transport companies
- other related service providers.
“As the closure of Holden’s Elizabeth plant in 2017 approaches, the State Government must use everything at its disposal to support new and growth industries to protect and create jobs,” he said.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell said the food industry was an important driver of jobs in South Australia generating more than $15 billion in revenue in 2013-14 with the finished food industry contributing nearly $6 billion.
“South Australia is a global leader in growing clean and green produce and we are perfectly positioned to supply premium food to the rest of the world,” Mr Bignell said.
“The state-of-the-art Food Park will build upon the success of food production in northern Adelaide and enable food manufacturing businesses to access shared infrastructure and services.
“We will also be able to expand our food processing and manufacturing capabilities, increase capacity, productivity and cost efficiency, and develop collaboration and knowledge creation across the sector.”
Chief Executive Officer of Food SA, Catherine Barnett, said today’s announcement was welcomed by the industry.
“The proposed Food Park is a great step for the South Australian food industry to encourage world’s best practice, collaboration and the opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs through new, efficient facilities and shared services,” she said.
“The South Australian food industry is very well networked and a hub, such as a Food Park, will continue to bring the industry together and will benefit those inside the precinct and other industry players who will want to use the facilities.”
Managing Director of Parafield Airport Limited Mark Young said the Food Park would further utilise airport land, extending the organisation’s portfolio of activities.
“Parafield Airport is located very close to food processing and manufacturing businesses and major food distribution centres in northern Adelaide, with close links to road, rail, air and heavy vehicle infrastructure,” he said.
“The site is development ready and appropriately zoned as set out in our Parafield Airport Master Plan.”
The Economic Development Board led a Request for Information land evaluation process, with eight applications received.
The site was identified through a comprehensive market identification and evaluation process.
For more information go to www.pir.sa.gov.au/foodpark