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Proposed employment precinct north of Adelaide promises green jobs and innovative energy solutions

The proposed employment precinct north of Adelaide aims to revolutionize green energy, manufacturing, and food production, bringing sustainable job opportunities and innovative technologies to South Australia.

A significant new employment precinct has been proposed for development north of Adelaide, which aims to capitalise on growth potential in several key sectors of South Australia’s economy. The initiative, led by Leinad Land Developments (Dublin) Pty Ltd, focuses on evolving industries such as green energy, manufacturing, defence, and food production.

The plan involves the rezoning of approximately 400 hectares near the township of Dublin to cultivate new employment opportunities. The projected features of the site include the production of green energy from biomass, the application of innovative farming and food production methodologies, and the distribution of fertiliser. Additional focuses include manufacturing, fabrication, and logistics, particularly targeting the renewable energy sector.

In an integration of technology and sustainability, the proposal outlines the construction of a 6.5 MW bioreactor designed to process organic waste into uses such as gas and electricity, alongside food grade CO2. This would primarily support vertical agriculture operations. The outputs from the bioreactor are intended to complement other precinct activities and potentially integrate with future residential development plans around Dublin to bolster the state’s circular economy.

Defence and infrastructure usages are also expected to benefit from the precinct, with the potential expansion of existing defence operations situated north-east of Dublin enhancing its strategic relevance.

The development process involves several investigative stages aimed at aligning the proposed changes with existing employment land supplies, impacts on current infrastructure including the critical Port Wakefield Road, and environmental considerations. Another key aspect of preliminary planning is understanding the implications for the Dublin community, local businesses, and Aboriginal heritage.

Community engagement is slated to be a major component, with consultations planned to capture and address community insights and concerns about the rezoning and its broader implications. This information-gathering phase will be crucial for refining the detailed proposal that will subsequently be submitted for approval.

This initiative represents the first phase of realising Leinad Land Developments (Dublin) Pty Ltd’s broader ambition to foster a comprehensive green circular economy precinct.

The Honourable Nick Champion, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, shared “The South Australia Government is committed to transforming the economy to net zero emissions and innovative precincts like this proposal would help reduce waste and create jobs in a growing area of the city.”

“The proposal has the potential to improve supply chains in green industries and support the development of renewable energy products across the state,” Champion added.

Further information regarding the Dublin Green Circular Economy (Employment Areas) Code Amendment is available on the PlanSA website.

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