Regional Development Initiatives

The South Australian government is investing significant resources to support and develop regional South Australia. PIRSA’s Regions SA division manages grant funds and support for other projects to drive the economic diversity, sustainability and vitality of our regions.

Regional Development Fund

The Regional Development Fund is a $15 million per annum fund with the purpose of increasing economic growth and productivity for regional South Australia. Read more Regional Development Fund Information.

Upper Spencer Gulf and 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 Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback area. Read more Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program information.

Regional Youth Traineeship Program

The Regional Youth Traineeship Program is a $2 million program offering local governing authorities a grant to assist in providing entry level employment and training to a trainee for two years. Traineeships are aimed at young regional people aged between 17 and 24 who are unemployed or don’t have a full time job.

North West Indigenous Pastoral Project

$1.4 million has been invested in the North West Indigenous Pastoral Project which is providing funding and skill sharing to help indigenous land owners bring land back into production and return properties to commercial grazing enterprises, creating employment opportunities in the state’s Far North.

Country Cabinet

Country Cabinet is an initiative that sees the Premier and Cabinet Ministers visit three regions per year to discuss local opportunities and challenges with community members. Read more Country Cabinet information on the YourSAy website.

Regional Summit

The Regional Summit is an annual event co-hosted by the Department of State Development and Primary Industries and Regions SA. It forms part of the Government’s commitment to regional South Australia, as outlined in the Charter for Stronger Regional Policy. Read more Regional Summit information on the State Development website.

Regions in Focus roadshows

A series of ‘Regions in Focus’ roadshows were held in 2015 and 2016 with regional leaders across South Australia. The 2015 sessions collaboratively explored each region’s existing priorities, and identified alignment of key opportunities, challenges for growth, and regional needs in line with the objectives of the State’s economic plan. One year on the same groups met together in each region to learn of progress over the preceding twelve months, and discuss next steps for future economic development.

Coorong Water Transportation Scheme feasibility study

The feasibility of a water transportation scheme in the Coorong and Tatiara District Council regions will be investigated with $50,000 support from the State Government.

Peterborough Community Development Officer

A full time Community Development Officer position has been created to support and promote economic and social service projects and programs for Peterborough. The initiative is overseen by PIRSA and employed by Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North with close support of the Peterborough Council.

Peterborough airstrip hardstand

The State Government committed $70,000 to the construction of a hardstand at the Peterborough airstrip, providing crucial regional infrastructure to assist with effective emergency service delivery to the town.

Mobile black spot funding

The State Government is contributing up to $2 million to the second round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, which provides funding to Mobile Network Operators to build new mobile base stations in regional locations. $1 million of South Australia’s co-contribution comes from the Regional Development Fund.

River Murray Precinct Master Plan

$48,410 was provided to assist in the development of a strategic Master Plan to rejuvenate Murray Bride’s river frontage. The Master Plan will allow the Rural City of Murray Bridge to more strategically plan for its future.

James Morrison Academy of Music

The State Government contributed $500,000 towards establishing the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier, which was officially opened in March 2015. The Academy will heighten Mount Gambier’s reputation a premier jazz location and deliver flow-on benefits through local business, tourism and the broader economy.

Regional migrant services in the Limestone Coast

More support for new migrants and refugees in the Limestone Coast will be made available through $120,000 of State Government funding.

Expansion of Gawler glass manufacturing plant

The State Government, through Investment Attraction South Australia and PIRSA, have committed $2.4 million in joint funding to support the expansion of Orora Limited’s glass manufacturing plant near Gawler. This investment will help the company meet growing demand for glass bottles with locally manufactured bottles rather than imported. Read more Orara expansion information on the Invest SA website.

Regional funding

Read more about the Government’s regional funding on the Regional South Australia State Budget information page.

Other regional activities

Limestone Coast Economic Diversification

Initiatives to assist in the economic diversification of the Limestone Coast. Read more on the Limestone Coast Economic Diversification page.

Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program

The Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program supports local regional agriculture and food and wine businesses to become more collaborative, productive and globally competitive. Read more on the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program page.

Upper Spencer Gulf heavy industry hub feasibility study

A major study commissioned by PIRSA for the South Australian Government and completed in 2012 highlighted how the Upper Spencer Gulf region can boost regional development opportunities from the growing resources and energy sectors. Read more on the Upper Spencer Gulf heavy industry hub feasibility study page.

South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program

The $265 million South Australia River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS) is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the Government of South Australia, through PIRSA’s Rural Solutions SA division. The program is helping to secure the future health of the South Australian River Murray region and supporting the growth of strong and sustainable irrigation communities. Read more on the SARMS page.

Page Last Reviewed: 12 Jul 2016
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