Parwan Employment Precinct

About this project:

In partnership with Moorabool Shire Council (Council), the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is progressing strategic planning for the development of the Parwan Employment Precinct (PEP), south of Bacchus Marsh.
The PEP has the potential to deliver employment opportunities in excess of 1,500 people and will also help redress the large number of people leaving the Shire daily for employment. Current figures show that 60% of residents travel outside of Moorabool Shire for work, with many commuting to Melbourne, resulting in a loss of $20 million from the Shire annually.
The precinct will attract significant levels of new industrial and agribusiness investment to the region, and businesses that value-add and complement the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District and the future Western Irrigation Network.
This project will provide much-needed employment opportunities for local residents, generating approximately $186 million for the regional economy.

Investment opportunity

A $4.3M gas connection to the precinct is on track for delivery by mid-2022, jointly funded by Regional Development Victoria (RDV), Council and industry partners. The precinct requires further infrastructure upgrades to fully unlock its employment potential.

Council, together with RDV and Greater Western Water, have jointly contributed $250,000 towards network planning investigations to determine the level of infrastructure required to adequately service the precinct. Service infrastructure investment to provide for power, water, sewer and drainage is estimated in the region of $80 million.

Infrastructure investment estimates

  • Power $11.75 million
  • Water $22 million
  • Sewer $16 million
  • Drainage $31 million