Home' Border Enterprise : Enterprise Spring-Summer 2009 Contents 33
WE are here to help is the
message to business
people and investors
contemplating moving to
AlburyCity can offer a swag of incentive
packages and plenty of land for industrial
or warehouse purposes, as well as a plum
commercial development site in the central
business district based on the Volt Lane car parks.
Land is the key to attracting more employment
and maintaining the diversity of jobs in the region.
One of the biggest changes for Albury in the 21st
century has been the rapid development of the
Airport Park industrial estate.
Empty paddocks have been transformed to
manufacturing, warehouse and other operations,
some new to the city and others relocated from
The council is negotiating with the Federal
Government to extend the estate towards
Elizabeth Mitchell Drive and thus provide another
27 lots to sell.
The council's present land price at Airport Park is
$55 sq m but north of the airport is another estate,
Airside North, developed with the Albury-Wodonga
Corporation with prices at $45 to $55 sq m
Airside North has sites from 4103 sq m to 20,000
AlburyCity director of economic development
and planning, Michael Keys, says the range
of incentives available include reduced water,
sewerage and waste management charges.
The council can help with road design and
construction, as it did this year for the Ettamogah
intermodal hub, with the help of a $1.72 million
NSW Government grant.
Waiving of development application and other
council fees related to construction will also help.
Mr Keys says the council is not alone in offering
help, and is happy to liaise with government
departments and agencies on behalf of potential
The NSW Department of State and Regional
Development can help securing external funding
based on job creation, for instance.
Mr Keys and his team promise a speedy
decision on development applications within
20 working days of the finalisation of the
paperwork, referral authority processes and public
In "selling'' the city, they point to the advantage
of Albury-Wodonga having technical training and
higher education available through two TAFE
campuses and two university campuses.
Transport is another factor in promoting the
region to metropolitan-based businesses, with the
Hume Freeway opened in 2007 providing easier
and safer access.
Albury Airport is within easy reach of Sydney
and Melbourne and its airport handled 282,000
passengers last financial year.
The rail corridor is undergoing a massive upgrade
that will cut freight train times, while the duplication
of the Hume Highway is proceeding fast.
There's little doubt that while more employment
will be created along the Riverina Highway east
of the city centre, the future thrust will be to the
Early in 2010 the city will start marketing the
Kenilworth area of Ettamogah.
Mr Keys says a master plan has been worked
out for land near Norske Skog and including part
of Kenilworth, where the council and A.P. Delaney
and Co own land.
"This area is ideally positioned to take advantage
of logistics and distribution with direct access to
the intermodal hub and the dual carriageway,'' he
"The hub will link directly to Melbourne Port and
the markets for exports and imports.''
When the newsprint mill opened at Ettamogah
in 1982, it was in a quiet rural area well away from
other industry, though close to the Hume Highway.
Last year, two land purchases from the Albury-
Wodonga Corporation determined the future of the
Kenilworth land, which has been held in reserve
for more than 25 years.
A.P. Delaney and Co paid $1.137 million
for 50ha and the council paid $2.5 million for
72ha, separated from the Delaney land by an
"environment'' corridor containing a road to the
McPhee property, Kenilworth.
Michael Keys and his economic development team at AlburyCity Council
are on a mission to increase employment the city, writes HOWARD JONES
ALBURY JOBS SET TO TAKE OFF
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