Peel Food Zone
The Peel region is strategically positioned to contribute to the food and nutrition security of the Perth Metropolitan area, and greater Western Australia. The region also has capacity to capture high-value export opportunities to capitalise on global demand for food.
The Peel Food Zone covers approx. 42,000 hectares (see map) across the Shires of Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale north east of Mandurah and is designed to be a leading agri-business hub for research, science, innovative food production and processing. A ‘food zone’ is a conceptual area used to attract new agricultural development which uses strategic planning to develop future food production in the most suitable areas considering soil type, nutrient export risk, groundwater availability and land zoning.
Traditional food industries based in the Perth Metropolitan area are transitioning to the peri-urban Peel Food Zone, which provides a secure long term location with modern infrastructure, transport and supply chain logistics to support efficient agrifood value chains. The food industry transition program assists with facilitating decisions by existing WA and Australian food industries and related support industries under planning re-development pressure to relocate to the Peel Business Park.
Agriculture and Food, WA, is leading the planning of the Peel Food Zone to foster investment in intensive food production in the Peel region. The Peel Food Zone will incorporate innovative food technology solutions while protecting the productive capacity of our soil and water resources, and maintaining WA’s world-class biosecurity system to deliver clean, safe and premium products.
Already, a study commissioned into land suitability assessment and mapping has identified areas for intensifying agriculture and is being used to inform the future management strategy of the food zone.
The WA agrifood sector is vital to growing our economy, jobs and regions. Agriculture and Food, WA, is partnering with industry and agribusiness to drive profitability and productivity in the WA agrifood sector, so it can double in value by 2025.
The Peel Food Zone Program is managed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.