Digging has begun on Parwan South Rd for a ‘city gate’ gas connection to activate the Parwan Employment Precinct.

L&G Meats (westsidemeats.com.au) have committed $730,000 to the project and donated land for the gas line.

The Victorian Government has tipped in $2.7 million towards the $4.4 million first stage – with Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas doing the honours yesterday (Monday).

Moorabool Mayor Tom Sullivan, Melton State Labor MP Steve McGhie and Buninyong State Labor MP Michaela Settle were also there (pictured above).

The completed pipeline will double gas capacity to the Bacchus Marsh area and is scheduled to be completed by
mid-2022.

At 2,880 hectares, the site is more than 1,400 times the size of the MCG and will ultimately host 80
commercial properties with a focus on agribusinesses, including new processing facilities for L&G Meats.

“The Parwan upgrade will enable our region to attract new agribusiness investment and create jobs,” Mr McGhie said.

“L&G Meats coming on board with the project is a real vote of confidence in the region.”

The gas project is expected to enable the precinct to attract businesses employing up to 1500 workers over six years.

The precinct will also take in Bacchus Marsh airport, a wastewater treatment plant and a cluster of existing employers.

“This shovel-ready project is set to transform business and employment opportunities around Bacchus Marsh – it’s
a game-changer,” Ms Thomas said.

“With a state-of-the-art gas connection, Parwan can become an innovative, export-oriented hub for agriculture and
agribusinesses, and attract businesses that will provide hundreds of jobs for local people.

Once finished, Council hopes to attract industries such as hydroponic glass house production, red meat processing, poultry breeding and more.

All up, $12.8 million will be needed to finish the industrial area.

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