The Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund (RSFF) ran from 2010 to 2014 to facilitate the region’s recovery from the prolonged drought, unprecendented low water allocations and low commodity prices.
The 4 year, $20 million fund aimed to encourage further investment in existing businesses, and assist the region diversify its economic base.
The State Government’s regional development team worked with the local community to identify broad areas of opportunity for economic and population growth, to build on existing strengths and improve competitive advantages.
The fund was accessed by organisations, industry and businesses to fund projects that would have a major and sustainable impact in the region and assist in the delivery of:
- structural change
- population growth
- enhanced employment outcomes for the Riverland.
The program supported 31 local projects, leading to the creation of up to 235 jobs and more than $48.7 million in total project investment.
Successful grant recipients
|AgriExchange Pty Ltd||Murtho||Construct a new citrus fruit packing facility||$620,000|
|Almondco||Renmark||Install and commission new pasteurisation equipment||$1,900,000|
|Angove Wines||Renmark||Install four new 100 tonne sweep arm red fermenters||$286,942|
|Apricot Grove||Renmark||Upgrade stone fruit packing facilities||$200,000|
|Bickford's Australia||Renmark||Establish a Riverland distillery||$2,360,000|
|Biological Services||Loxton||Develop advanced systems for the mass rearing of selected bio-control agents||$245,000|
|CCW Cooperative||Glossop||Construct a grape and wine education and marketing centre||$200,000|
|Emaroo Cottages||Paringa||Construct luxury villa accommodation||$647,330|
|Fechner & Co||Ramco||Upgrade avocado packing facility||$110,687|
|GM Arnold & Son - Feijoa Trial||Waikerie||Feijoa tree planting||$10,500|
|Ingerson Citrus||Loxton||Establish new mandarin packing house||$420,000|
|JMA Engineering||Berri||Construct a new grit blast facility||$250,000|
|Knispel Group (Nippy's)||Waikerie / Moorook||Plant restructuring activities at Moorook and Waikerie||$2,617,726|
|Lowana Fruits||Renmark||Expand existing packing facility, plant and equipment||$318,552|
|Loxton Community Hotel/Motel||Loxton||Accommodation and conference upgrades||$865,484|
|Mulga Organics||Waikerie||Market a range of organic vegetables and herbs in climatically controlled greenhouses||$153,415|
|P. Costi and Sons||Loxton||Expand operations to pack and market ‘Ecoganically’ grown citrus fruit||$410,000|
|Pike River Developments||Lyrup||Luxury villa accommodation and function centre upgrade||$340,000|
|Plumco Pty Ltd||Renmark||Upgrade facility to produce and process a wholesale plant nursery||$438,000|
|Quality Fruit Marketing||Renmark||Upgrade fruit measuring and grading equipment||$189,630|
|Red Earth Farms Seedless Watermelons||Waikerie||Produce, process, pack and market seedless Red Armada watermelons||$499,514|
|Renmark Club||Renmark||Redevelop the Club’s main street entrance and expand entertainment and dining areas||$1,071,500|
|Riverland Almonds||Loxton||Install and commission new pasteurisation and packing equipment||$608,252|
|Riverland Foodbank||Berri||Establish a warehouse and operations centre in Berri||$296,070|
|Riverview Lutheran Rest Home||Loxton||Construct 12 serviced retirement living apartments||$800,000|
|SA Fruit Growers / SA Dried Tree Fruits||Renmark||Develop a business/marketing plan for new fruit varieties||$20,475|
|Solan||Waikerie||Upgrade tissue culture laboratory and establish a new nursery||$106,480|
|Syntec Diamond Tools||Berri||Relocate manufacturing facilities from Jiangyin, China to Berri||$1,416,750|
|Valls Styrene||Berri||Expand operations to manufacture insulated roofing and wall building products||$1,180,613|
|Waikerie Hotel||Waikerie||Upgrade accommodation and expand entertainment areas||$1,000,000|
|Wild 'n' Fresh - Futures Development||Loxton||Produce and market a range of chemical and insecticide free fruit and vegetables||$447,533|