The Barossa Regional Development Australia (RDA) group met for their annual general meeting, Monday November 14 at the Gawler Racecourse.
The Barossa RDA focusses on the regions of the Barossa, Light and Lower North, the Adelaide Plains Council being one of four council areas that is included in the area.
Essentially, the organisation helps to facilitate regional economic activities and jobs growth, offering assistance for business growth and development.
Chairman, Ivan Chenning, delivered his report to the attendees addressing the importance of the work of the RDA in a “transforming and sluggish economic environment”.
“From food tourism to bulk production, food is hailed as the new horizon with growing demand for South Australia’s fresh and safe produce,” Mr Chenning said.
Areas identified for future economic growth include the Northern Adelaide Plains food bowl, in particular around Two Wells and along Gawler River, which is anticipated to add significantly to local fresh light vegetable production through water infrastructure bringing treated water to an expanded area with significant jobs associated.
The equine industry was also earmarked for growth, and the region, which includes Mallala and Lewiston, is well positioned to be an important centre for equine events, services and education.
The population growth of the Two Wells area brings along substantial investment in aged care facilities and education, which will in turn bring employment opportunities.
Guest speaker, former SA Premier, Rob Kerin of the SA Economic Development Board also addressed the audience and gave a presentation outlining the economic challenges, successes and possible future direction of business in South Australia.
For more information on the Barossa RDA head to their website www.barossa.org.au.