Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock has been meeting with leaders and interest groups across South Australia – a year on from the statewide ‘Regions in Focus’ roadshow where the top regional development priorities were identified.
At last year’s roadshow, participants explored in detail the many priorities identified in each region’s existing economic development plan and identified the three key issues in their region where support from the State Government could assist.
Since then the State Government, through PIRSA’s Regions SA division, has been working closely with the regions through the local branches of Regional Development Australia (RDA) to identify what initiatives are underway to address those priorities and where further work is needed.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said that this year’s events presented the opportunity to report back to meeting participants, along with a discussion on the next steps of a continued focus and progress on the region’s priorities.
“Collaboration between the State Government, councils, the RDA and local businesses is vital to enabling economic development and ensuring that our regional communities can take advantage of what’s available,” Mr Brock said.
“Where existing initiatives and activities have been identified – and there are many – Regions SA and the RDA have been working together to ensure the region is aware of them and can benefit from them.
'“Where more work needs to be done, collaboration will continue in identifying and pursuing those opportunities.
“The participants of these workshops are champions for their regions. They have the ability to influence and raise awareness in their own community and more widely about the economic development opportunities available to them – and that’s what this process has been all about.”
These invitation-only events were collaboratively hosted by Primary Industries and Regions SA and Regional Development Australia.