In its 149-year history, Northampton has never had a defined light industrial area (LIA), but that is about to change.
Earthworks and roadworks are transforming a 10-hectare block adjoining the new shire works depot, land that was surplus to the needs of the depot.
A feature of the development is its horseshoe-shaped entry off Seventh Ave, designed to provide easier access for road trains.
Of the total cost of $1,085,000, Northampton Shire Council is funding $383,000 plus $420,000 that was kept in reserve after the sale of Northampton Caravan Park, with a further $665,000 provided by Royalties For Regions.
Shire CEO Garry Keeffe said creation of an LIA had been a long-held ambition of the council, which hoped to see established businesses move out of residential areas.
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