A 40-HECTARE food manufacturing hub will be established at the Parafield Airport precinct will bring together the packaging, distribution and transport of food products.
With Premier Jay Weatherill revealing the Parafield Airport precinct had been chosen from eight potential sites. The Government has allocated $2 million over two years to planning the food hub.Â â€œBy co-locating and even sharing certain utilities creating cost competitiveness and driving efficiencies,â€ he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Food SA, Catherine Barnett, said todayâ€™s announcement was welcomed by the industry.
â€œThe proposed Food Park is a great step for the South Australian food industry to encourage worldâ€™s best practice, collaboration and the opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs through new, efficient facilities and shared services,â€ she said.
â€œThe 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.â€
Managing Director of Parafield Airport Limited Mark Young said the Food Park would further utilise airport land, extending the organisationâ€™s portfolio of activities.
â€œParafield 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,â€ he said.
The 40ha is based on south west corner of Parafield Airport and according to Parafield Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young the site was â€œdevelopment-ready and appropriately zoned as set out in the Parafield Airport Master Planâ€.
In addition to the synergies that you get when you co-located like businesses together locating the Food Park at Parafield Airport will provide food business a number of compelling advantages including:
- Centrality to a broad regional and metropolitan labour market
- Limited residential interface, but close proximity to the amenities of Mawson Lakes
- Synergies with the University of South Australiaâ€™s adjoining campus and nearby Technology Park
- Access to low cost Salisbury Water which can be brought up to food grade quality to provide water supplies lower than SA Water
- Locating at Parafield Airport also has a strong visual frontage to the community which is ideal for branding but also creates exciting potential for factory outlets with the vicinity. (Elder Smith 28,000 per day* Main North Rd 56,300 per day* – Average Daily Traffic Estimates (DPTI May 15)
- Access to public transport including the train transport via City the Gawler line at Mawson Lakes, plus public bus routes on Main North Rd and Salisbury Highway.
- Centrality to distribution centres including Aldi (Regency Park), Woolworths (Gepps Cross), Coles (Edinburgh Parks) a planned $65 million distribution centre at Salisbury South, Costco (Kilburn) and Adelaide Produce Market (Pooraka) with streamlined road access.
- Excellent transport links facilitating quick access to the Port of Adelaide, airports and intermodal terminals. Direct connection to the National Highway to service interstate markets.
- Proximity to major transport and cold storage companies including Gilbertâ€™s Transport Service, Toll, Swire Cold Storage, Border Express, Auscold Logistics, Rapid Haulage and Scottâ€™s Transport
The Salisbury Council understands that food processing provides a significant opportunity to create new jobs.Â Over 1,600 people in Salisbury are already employed in this sector with 50% jobs growth between 2006-2011.Â This level of growth reflects the vote of confidence food processors have given to Salisbury as their location of choice.Â The Food Park will help maintain this growth which is critical to soften the effects of the declining automotive industry and to provide alternative manufacturing jobs for those displaced.
Parafield Airport Limited and the State Government are working collaboratively to undertake detailed concept design, planning and investigations. If you would like receive to further information regarding the Food Park Initiative, visit http://pir.sa.gov.au/foodpark and complete the registration form.
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