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AU lobby group dismisses wholesale market rumours

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Core Tip: The peak lobby group for vegetable growers has dismissed accusations by Treasurer Mike Nahan that there is widespread industry support for the sale of Western Australia's biggest wholesale produce markets.
The peak lobby group for vegetable growers has dismissed accusations by Treasurer Mike Nahan that there is widespread industry support for the sale of Western Australia's biggest wholesale produce markets.

Dr Nahan has told Parliament that based on his advice the majority of growers supported legislation clearing the way for the sale of the State-owned asset. However, VegetablesWA president John Shannon said Dr Nahan’s comments were nonsense.

Mr Shannon said VegetablesWA was concerned about the future of the markets in Canning Vale under private ownership.

It is understood Propertylink has dropped out, with Stockland Trust Management and DEXUS Fund Management wavering on their earlier interest.

Under sale conditions set by the Government, the new owner must operate the central trading area on the 51ha site as a fruit and vegetable market for the next 20 years. Shadow finance minister, Rita Saffioti said the operations should be guaranteed for 50 years to ensure the market was not just bulldozed for property development in 20 years.

“Growers are telling us if restrictions and safeguards that are currently in place break down, it will mean people will be paying more for fruit and vegetables or growers will go out of business.” she said.

The Government hopes to complete the sale which is expected to raise about $120 million, early next year.
 
 
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