Barossa, Light and Lower North community members had the opportunity to meet with Premier Jay Weatherill and the State Cabinet from 18-20 October during the latest Country Cabinet.
A community BBQ and public forum was held at Nuriootpa High School on Sunday 18 October, where a number of significant issues for the region were raised including health, transport, planning legislation and opportunities for young people.
A number of announcements were made during the visit including the region’s recipients of the 2015-16 round of the State Government’s Regional Development Fund (RDF). The RDF has been successful in creating jobs and driving investment throughout regional South Australia, by providing support in delivering major economic projects that create sustainable economic benefits to the State.
In the Barossa, Light and Lower North region the 2015-16 grant round will see over $4 million of grants generating around $34 million of investment, supporting the creation of over 400 jobs through construction phases and beyond. The recipients are:
- Greenwheat Freekeh
- JT Johnson and Sons
- Torbreck Vintners
- Treasury Wine Estates
- Barossa Village
The Barossa Light and Lower North round of Fund My Idea – which offers $50,000 to areas hosting a Country Cabinet for community-based project ideas submitted and voted on by the general public – opened at the start of October and is accepting idea submissions until Monday 16 November. Voting will take place between 20 November and 7 December, giving the community the opportunity to have a say in how the funding is used in the local area.