Upper Spencer Gulf & Outback Futures Program

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:

ApplicantProject Funding AwardedRegion
Access Training Centre ATC regional training hub $200,000 Far North
Bendleby RangesExtending the Flinders Ranges international visitation tourism season at Bendleby Ranges$85,600Yorke 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$115,000Yorke 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 GroupUnderground Bakery$63,0000Far North
Golden North Ice Cream Impulse production line upgrade $200,000 Yorke and Mid North
Johnson Home ImprovementsEnhancing the manufacturing capacity and efficiency of Johnson Home Improvements$97,500Yorke 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$200,000Far North
Whyalla City CouncilWhyalla giant cuttlefish visitor attraction$85,000Eyre and Western
Page Last Reviewed: 22 Jul 2016
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