Hamilton’s economy is on track for a major boost with the creation of a new industrial land estate, which will secure local jobs and create new regional business opportunities.
Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, was in Hamilton today to tour the site of the proposed industrial estate and to meet with business and community leaders.
Southern Grampians Shire Council is leading the development of this $3.18 million project, with the Andrews Labor Government providing in principle support of up to $500,000.
The need for a new industrial estate was identified and supported as a key action in Council’s Economic Development Strategy, the Hamilton Structure Plan and the GSC Strategic Action Plan.
Targeted consultation has shown there is strong interest in land purchases from a range of sectors including forestry, manufacturing, agri-business, and logistics.
The industrial estate project will deliver the necessary site infrastructure to support private business development, including drainage, sewerage, water access and management, telecommunications, electricity, road access, and landscaping.
Over the course of developing the industrial estate, the project will generate 16 construction jobs. Once completed and with the commencement of anticipated private development, the project is expected to generate up to 100 new ongoing jobs and a $12 million boost into the local economy.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“We’re proud to back this important project and give Hamilton the support it needs – this is all about jobs.”
“The local Council is to be congratulated for bringing this project forward – the Hamilton economy has many strengths and this new industrial estate will build on these strengths.”
“Projects such as this that deliver new jobs and economic investment ensures that regional Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and do business.”