A discussion paper for a Riverland Wine and Food Centre has been released today to seek the views of local industry and communities in shaping the concept.
The State Government has allocated $200,000 towards the election commitment to develop a business case and detailed plans to inform the establishment of a dedicated wine and food centre based in the Riverland.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development and Member for Chaffey, Tim Whetstone, said the vision for the Wine and Food Centre will be driven by ideas and input from local communities.
"The Riverland is a vital food bowl for South Australia and this is a great opportunity to capitalise on the region’s growing reputation for producing premium beverages and food," said Minister Whetstone.
"Being able to showcase the region’s strengths in a dedicated centre would be a big drawcard for tourists to the region and provide greater economic support.
"This consultation process is about shaping the vision for the Riverland Wine and Food Centre.
"The discussion paper is quite broad as it is important the community provides extensive feedback which will ultimately drive the concept of the centre.
"I encourage all interested stakeholders, including wine, food and tourism businesses, industry associations, local government and community representatives and interested members of the public to get involved and provide feedback.
"The Riverland has some wonderful success stories in the food and beverage industries and I envisage this centre will provide an opportunity to celebrate not only these stories, but the region as a whole.
"This is an opportunity to continue to drive market growth and consumer awareness by enhancing the profile and reputation of the Riverland."
The discussion paper is available at http://pir.sa.gov.au/riverlandcentre.
Submissions are due by 28 February 2019.