Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



19 August 2016

Roger Jaensch, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade, and Red Tape Reduction

Cr Craig Perkins, Meander Valley Mayor

Promoting Investment in Westbury

 

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs, and the Government is committed to job creation and attracting investment to Tasmania.

Today the Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction, Roger Jaensch announced the release of the Valley Central Industrial Precinct Prospectus.

The Government, through the Office of the Coordinator-General has been working closely with the Meander Valley Council and other stakeholders to develop the Prospectus.

The Prospectus reflects the Government’s determined approach to increase investment and job creation in the State, particularly in regional areas.

“I am looking forward to working further with Coordinator General’s Office in attracting international and domestic businesses to establish, expand or relocate to Tasmania and the Meander Valley,” Mr Jaensch said.

The Prospectus promotes the exceptional benefits that the Westbury based precinct offers; central location, proximity to the region’s impressive agricultural base, quality infrastructure, and easy access to roads and ports.

Already home to a number of established businesses including Tasmanian Alkaloids, the precinct’s competitive advantages are highlighted in the Prospectus, including its suitability for agricultural and food processing, manufacturing, transport, storage and logistics.

The precinct is attracting interest from interstate and overseas investors. Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said that, “we are greatly encouraged by the recent industry interest in the precinct and we are working closely with development proponents to assist with their respective development projects”.

“As a council, we understand the importance of developing sustainable industry sectors to ensure growth and prosperity for the Meander Valley municipal area. Our central location and proximity to major ports, airports and highways, makes Meander Valley an attractive choice for future industry”.

With the recent implementation of a number of Free Trade Agreements with Asia, opportunities are emerging for investors to take advantage of reductions in tariffs. Particular opportunities exist for exporting premium value-added produce into Asian market due to increased demand from a burgeoning middle class across Asia.

“This prospectus will put the precinct on the map as an ideal location for business to establish. I commend and thank the Office of the Coordinator-General and the Meander Valley Council for their work in actively promoting the region and its attributes,” Mr Jaensch said.

Complementing the Bell Bay Industrial Precinct Prospectus released in 2015, the Valley Central Industrial Precinct Prospectus is the second in a suite of industrial precinct documents currently being developed.

Further Industrial Precinct Prospectuses will be developed over the coming months, with each highlighting the various and unique attributes that Tasmania’s significant industrial precincts have to offer.

A copy of the prospectus can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Coordinator General on (03) 6777 2786 or email cg@cg.tas.gov.au



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