The Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program supports projects resulting in economic growth and employment outcomes and the provision of critical community infrastructure in the area.
The Program made funding available between $50,000 and $200,000 for small projects in the eligible area, up to a maximum of $2 million in total for the 2015-16 year. Leveraged funding applied at a minimum ration of $1 for each $1 grant.
The downturn in the resources sector has resulted in job loss announcements throughout the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback area. This has impacted on regional centres through a decline in demand for resource sector support services.
The Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback area has a solid base of small to medium enterprises with the ability to substantially contribute to the economic recovery of the region.
There is great scope for these businesses to be assisted in growing their individual and collective capabilities, to provide stimulus for the generation of new business activity and to maximise the opportunity for involvement of the region in jobs creation and the sustainability and growth of these communities.
Successful grant recipients
Announcements are currently underway of projects offered funding through the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program. Announcements to date include:
|Applicant||Project|| Funding Awarded||Region|
| Access Training Centre ||ATC regional training hub|| $200,000 || Far North |
|Bendleby Ranges||Extending the Flinders Ranges international visitation tourism season at Bendleby Ranges||$85,600||Yorke and Mid North|
| Bowmans Rail ||Establishing an intermodal for oil and gas exploration and back loading for emerging mining industry in Leigh Creek|| $200,000 || Far North |
|Combined Independent Agents Association (CIAA)||Mid North SA multi-user store and breeder sheep saleyard facility||$115,000||Yorke and Mid North|
| Dew’s Meats ||Orroroo Kangaroo pet food expansion|| $65,000 || Yorke and Mid North |
| District Council of Peterborough ||Peterborough Main Street renewal|| $200,000 || Yorke and Mid North |
|Farina Restoration Group||Underground Bakery||$63,0000||Far North|
| Golden North Ice Cream ||Impulse production line upgrade|| $200,000 || Yorke and Mid North |
|Johnson Home Improvements||Enhancing the manufacturing capacity and efficiency of Johnson Home Improvements||$97,500||Yorke and Mid North|
| Leigh Creek Magnesite (Archer Exploration Limited) ||Leigh Creek magnesite project|| $200,000 || Far North |
| Outback Communities Authority ||Outback community and visitor facilities upgrade|| $199,075 || Far North |
| Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society ||Vital infrastructure upgrades to sustain a Flinders Ranges tourism icon|| $150,000 || Far North |
| Port Pirie Regional Council ||Connecting Port Pirie and Crystal Brook – WiFi hotspots|| $51,587 || Yorke and Mid North |
| Wilpena Pound Resort ||Ikara Meeting Places: growing tourism by improving assets and delivering outstanding cultural experiences at Wilpena Pound in Ikara-Flinders Ranges||$200,000||Far North|
|Whyalla City Council||Whyalla giant cuttlefish visitor attraction||$85,000||Eyre and Western|