This week the City of Canning showcased the results of a research project that explores the potential of transforming Canning Vale into a food manufacturing precinct, where businesses could operate from a centralised site to cut production costs and improve efficiency.
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) conducted the study and presented key findings to an audience of food and beverage business owners and key government stakeholders.
The presentation detailed the value of solidifying Canning Vale as a food precinct with value-adding potential; meaning businesses can further develop raw produce into manufactured products by using services of nearby businesses.
The study identified that the potential precinct could fuel conditions to improve productivity and reduce production costs, to increase firms’ profitability and global competitiveness.
Canning Vale’s already-existing infrastructure and solid industrial base, being home to Perth Markets transacting 50 per cent of the state’s fresh produce, was recognised in the report as strategically important.
Mayor Patrick Hall said the potential development of the precinct would bring benefits to both businesses and the community.
“The report gives us an evidence base that supports our assumptions of the potential of a Canning Vale Food Value-Add Precinct.
“Benefits for businesses include being able to value-add to their products to increase profitability and for the community, there is the potential of increased local jobs,” he said.
“And of course, more local businesses means more money can be fed into the local economy, and greater contributions made to the City’s rate base helping to fund our community’s infrastructure, parks, programs and projects.
“The research provides a basis from which the City will continue to engage with business, State Government and other stakeholders, seeking to understand the opportunities that exist, and how we as a local government can advocate on behalf of our local businesses.”
BCEC Research Fellow Dr Silvia Salazar, who led the study and BCEC research team, said the report revealed a strong economic rationale to justify the development of the food value-add precinct in Canning Vale.
“The Canning Vale food precinct is uniquely positioned to develop innovative new food value add products, enhance industry networks, and access a greater share of domestic and export markets.
“This research project highlights the potential for additional jobs and economic activity for the Canning Vale precinct and the surrounding area with the right level of investment in transport infrastructure and logistics,” Dr Salazar said.
Further information on the Canning Vale Food Value-Add Precinct Report can be viewed at www.canning.wa.gov.au/ValueAddReport