The Golden Plains Food Production Precinct is Victoria’s first designated precinct for intensive food production.
Located between Ballarat and Geelong near the town of Lethbridge, the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct is made up of 4,000 hectares of privately owned, farm zoned land that is ready for investment.
Agriculture in Golden Plains
Golden Plains Shire offers significant opportunities for investment and growth in intensive agriculture and associated agri-business. The Shire has a well-established agriculture industry that produces 21% of Victoria’s eggs, 11% of poultry, 5% of pigs, and 4% of Victoria’s sheep and lambs. Goat dairy is also strongly represented.
Council policy supports the growth of intensive agriculture in the Precinct, with over a decade of strategic work undertaken to establish an area where intensive agriculture can invest and expand.
The Precinct has been supplied with an 18km town water supply thanks to an $11.78M investment by the Federal Government ($4.17M), State Government ($2.94M), Golden Plains Shire Council ($1.23M) and Barwon Water ($3.44M).
The new water supply will generate $160M worth of investment and more than 700 jobs over 10 years. Over $50M in direct investment has already been approved for development in the Precinct, including free range egg farms and a $20M fertiliser plant.
Council has released a Concept Plan that explores opportunities to maximise land use and identifies complimentary industries for development within the Precinct.
For more information, contact Council’s Economic Development Team on 03 5220 7111 or email [email protected]