Australia’s biggest potato supplier, the Mitolo Group, is set to undertake further growth, establishing a world class project for Adelaide’s north and subsequently increasing employment opportunities for the Virginia workforce.
A $50 million major expansion to the existing processing, packing, distribution and administration facilities on Angle Vale Road is proposed, City of Playford Council releasing a private Development Plan Amendment for public consultation after granting approval at their September 10, Strategic Planning Committee meeting.
In a report to council it was stated the redevelopment of the potato and onion plant will assist the horticultural industry overall by encouraging increased production and employment opportunities for the local and regional population.
Currently, the primary production zone, where the facility is located on the corner of Johns and Angle Vale roads, only allows for small-scale processing facilities.
Options to allow for growth, such as establishing a new employment/industry zone were considered by council however, the intention of the policy area is to enable the expansion of the existing industry and not to establish an industrial/employment park in the horticultural area.
The proposed policies, now subject to public consultation, limit the capacity for development which is not associated with the site.
Council agreed to private funding of the DPA, meaning direct costs associated with the Development Plan Amendment are the responsibility of the Mitolo Group.
Once the public has provided feedback council will consider whether the DPA should proceed to the Planning Minister, Stephan Knoll, for approval.
Minister Knoll has already given a nod of approval to the large-scale expansion, believing Mitolo’s commitment to operations in Virginia will contribute to economic and job growth for years to come.
If successful the new state-of-the-art facility is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
For further information on the DPA contact City of Playford Council on 8256 0333 or head to www.playford.engagementhub.com.au