Ray of light: new gas precinct powers up jobs for Bacchus Marsh locals

Published: 20 Oct 2021

People working in paddock laying pipesA new gas connection is being installed at Parwan to help activate a 2880-hectare employment precinct that will boost employment opportunities for the Central Highlands region.

Due for completion by mid-2022, the landmark project will open up gas connections for the new Parwan Employment Precinct that will attract new businesses – and potentially create up to 1,500 workers full-time over six years.

Located between the Bacchus Marsh Aerodrome and the Western Water Treatment Plant, the activation of the precinct is likely to appeal to both domestic and international companies aiming for a location within close proximity to Melbourne and the ports.

The Parwan Employment Precinct has enormous potential to create an ongoing, innovative export-oriented hub for intensive agriculture and agribusiness.

Government and business collaboration

Acknowledging that long-game opportunity, the venture has attracted industry, local government and Victorian Government backing.

The Victorian Government is investing $2.7 million from its Building Works fund, created in 2020, to stimulate jobs and investment across the state. The balance of funding and in-kind contributions for this project are being met by Moorabool Shire Council and L&G Meats – a great example of business and government collaboration.

More than half of the Building Works projects funded are in rural and regional Victoria and are designed to provide lasting benefits in response to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, drought, and bushfires

The City Gate Gas Connection has certainly lifted the spirits of locals in the region and given them hope about their future: it will double gas capacity to the Bacchus Marsh area by tapping into the main gas transmission line adjacent to the precinct.

Agriculture in the spotlight

Agriculture will be the key winner from the vast new site.

It will be big. Very big.

In fact, at 2,880 hectares, the precinct is more than 1,400 times the size of the MCG and will attract commercial businesses with a focus on agribusiness, including new processing facilities for L&G Meats.

The project will boost jobs across the state, working in conjunction with Jobs Victoria.

And it doesn’t stop there. This venture is just one of the ways we’re supporting the Central Highlands region to bolster its status as a leading agricultural hub.

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