Thursday 20th May
Spinifex Brewing Co announced today the construction of its $1 MIL 24 Hectolitre steam fired automatic four vessel brewhouse to be constructed as part the state’s first food innovation precinct in Nambeelup.
The $21.7 million precinct, located within the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, will be an open access facility comprising R&D capabilities, an innovation centre and a production-warehouse.
The occasion was marked on Thursday 20 May during a sod turning event held on site at the Shire of Murray’s Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct at Peel Business Park in Nambeelup attended by Spinifex Managing Director Mick Little and Communications Manager Steve Jansen.
Attendees included Assistant Minister for Defence and Federal Member for Canning the Hon. Andrew Hastie MP, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Shire of Murray President Cr. David Bolt, contractors and key project stakeholders.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said The Australian Government has committed $21.75 MIL to this project.
The WA Food Innovation Precinct will be a state-of-the-art facility within the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, catalysing Western Australia’s smart specialisation in the agri-sector.
The Precinct will comprise a research and development facility, innovation centre and production warehouse. It will house an ecosystem of small-to-medium enterprises, R&D institutions, an industry common-use food technology facility and supporting industry organisations who will assist with issues such as scaling up of agri-businesses, export and product licensing.
Spinifex Brewing Co will work alongside Murdoch University in researching and applying new and emerging technologies in pasteurisation and the extraction of native botanicals for use in our expanding beer range.
Establishing the Spinifex Brewery within the WA Food Innovation Precinct will elevate our capacity to support the development of Aboriginal producers within our supply chain. The export development hub within WAFIP will elevate our momentum with our current export focus on Germany, Peru, Sweden and Singapore.
The WA Food Innovations Precinct is a perfect fit for Spinifex Brewing Co.
We look forward to commencing production of our award winning beer range in March 2022.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This precinct will be a game-changer for the WA food and beverage sector, creating better and more diverse products through research and development, and expanding WA's food and beverage market share both nationally and internationally.
"The precinct will be home to the McGowan Government's $10 million Peel Food Technology Facility, which will help WA businesses to test and produce high-quality value-added food products.
"This is a great example of State, Federal and local government working with industry and universities to drive local jobs and local industry."
Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke:
"The WAFIP will become another major job-creator in the Peel region, supercharging value-adding opportunities that create long-term jobs for local people.
"Our region produces some of the best-quality food in the world and this facility will allow our local businesses to take their products to the next level.
"It is fantastic to see the Peel Business Park, a key initiative delivered by the McGowan Government, filling up and driving local jobs."
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Media Release - Shire of Murray