Commercial factors that influence site selection

Consider the following commercial factors when selecting a site for your freshwater aquaculture business.

Choosing land

Aquaculture ventures require the correct land zoning and should be located in an area compatible with their operations. Check with your local council about land zoning or the potential for appropriate rezoning. You should also be aware of any possible opposition to your business from neighbouring landowners or other businesses.

Sites in rural areas may need to satisfy state planning requirements. The State Planning Policy is available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

The aquaculture industry has a complex regulatory environment, and we strongly recommend contacting Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23 before you select and design a site, or buy land.

Consider your markets

Before selecting an aquaculture site, know your markets and their location. Think about both initial and long-term markets. You should also consider your proximity to processing facilities.

Ideally, an aquaculture site should be close to customers to reduce transport costs, and should have all-weather road access.

Avoid sites that:

  • are remote
  • large vehicles find difficult to access
  • have regular traffic.

Research the local economy

It's important to choose a region that offers the necessary support for business growth. The success of your venture may rely on access to a local workforce and opportunities for skills development and training.

Check there are suitable local services and technical assistance available. Community support for aquaculture and a strong or emerging industry sector also are desirable.

General considerations

When assessing a site, consider the need for the following requirements:

  • room to grow. The site should be large enough to build a worthwhile business and cater for future expansion
  • security. Make sure you can afford to secure the site against theft and potential bird/animal predators. Onsite accommodation is recommended for both security and quick response in an emergency
  • utilities. The site should have access to three-phase power and good communications
  • cultural heritage. Check there are no cultural heritage issues affecting the site, such as Native Title claims.

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