South Gippsland Shire Council will do an economic assessment of the supply and demand for industrial land in Leongatha with the help of $50,000 in Victorian Government funding, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.
Mr Ryan said Leongatha was the major town and industrial centre for South Gippsland and a key service provider to the smaller towns and communities in the region.
“Leongatha is experiencing significant growth and the South Gippsland Shire Council is progressing with a number of residential rezoning projects that have the potential to add approximately 700 to 900 new residences in the area over the next 25 years,” Mr Ryan said.
“With the expansion of major industrial and port activity in South Gippsland Shire, it is critical Leongatha is well placed to service future works.”
Mr Ryan said the Leongatha Industrial Zone Investigation project would assess further sites for potential industrial rezoning.
“The study will be benchmarked against similar reviews undertaken in Gippsland and Melbourne, particularly the recent Wellington Shire Council Industrial Land Review covering, Yarram, Maffra and Stratford,” Mr Ryan said.
“The study is intended to identify and cost infrastructure upgrades for transport routes, gas, water, electricity and sewage, and telecommunications.”
Mr Ryan said the South Gippsland Shire believed a supply of affordable and readily available land could create up to 200 jobs in the industrial sector within 18 months.
“The project will enable South Gippsland Shire Council to plan for the future infrastructure requirements identified in the study,” Mr Ryan said.
“The study will ensure the Council has suitable industrial land available to support the growth of the current businesses in Leongatha and any potential new businesses wanting to locate to Leongatha.
“Identifying and providing suitable areas will reduce economic ‘leakage’ outside the town and district, helping to revitalize the area.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government funding for the $125,000 Leongatha Industrial Zone Investigation project would be provided to South Gippsland Shire Council.
He said the project was expected to be completed by the end of this year.
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