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Industry welcome: Northampton shire CEO Garry Keeffe looks over the new light industrial area that is hoped to move industry out of residential areas and attract new businesses to the town.
GARY WARNER Industry welcome: Northampton shire CEO Garry Keeffe looks over the new light industrial area that is hoped to move industry out of residential areas and attract new businesses to the town.

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.

Full story in today's print edition.