Planning for the proposed Peel Food Zone report

A new study commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has identified areas suitable for intensifying agriculture in the proposed Peel Food Zone. 

The proposed Peel Food Zone covers about 42 000 hectares across the Shires of Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale, north east of Mandurah and is one of three strategic elements of the  Peel Development Commission's $49 million Transform Peel initiative.

Report overview

The Planning for the proposed Peel Food Zone Report was prepared by GHD in collaboration with the department, and assessed the feasibility of six agricultural land use scenarios in the proposed Peel Food Zone including:

The suitability of each agricultural land use scenario was analysed by GHD using environmental, social, infrastructure and physical data sets for the region. Spatial software was then used to generate a series of maps to show where each land use scenario was most suited.  

The study found the eastern area of the proposed Peel Food Zone is suitable for a wide range of agriculture, however western areas are better suited to closed production such as hydroponics. There are specific areas within the proposed Peel Food Zone that are constrained to such an extent that they are unsuitable for agricultural development.

Future agricultural activities within the area will be guided by the opportunities offered by the Peel's road, power and digital networks as well as its land capability and water availability. Challenges presented by the environmental importance of the Peel-Harvey estuary and wetland systems and the need to separate intensive farming from sensitive urban and rural residential areas must also be considered. Transformation of agriculture in the Peel requires changes to established farming practices, alternative ways of managing soil and water and new or different types of farms and production systems. 

A summary of the key findings from the report is presented here. The full report - available in Parts A, B, C and supporting appendices, including land suitability maps - is available to download on the right hand side of this page.

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Heather Percy
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Page last updated: Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 3:55pm

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