Regional Development Australia (RDA) has highlighted to Adelaide Plains Council a range of economic opportunities for the Adelaide Plains region following a recent presentation.
Anne Moroney, Rolf Binder and Tony Clark of the Barossa, Gawler, Light and Adelaide Plains RDA, formerly known as Barossa RDA, was invited to speak at the Adelaide Plains Council December meeting by CEO, James Miller.
Ms Moroney spoke at length about the economic opportunities being investigated and capitalised on in the developing region with Mr Miller stating during his introduction, “we’ve had the Barossa RDA right by our side over the last couple of years”.
“They’ve done some outstanding work, a lot of it behind the scenes, in relation to projects and funding opportunities in this region,” Mr Miller told the chamber.
Ms Moroney revealed at the last special meeting of the RDA it was resolved to formally change the name to reflect more of where the organisation operates.
Her detailed presentation outlined the economic sectors in the region and what was currently being achieved.
With the arrival of NAIS (Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme) the agricultural sector will receive a huge injection of opportunity and expertise, resulting in employment growth, especially in connected lifestyle regions, those that are close to major cities like the Adelaide Plains.
“Education and training is seen as a big growth sector in the economy here and that’s one of those we’re working on for the long term,” Ms Moroney explained.
“There are some amazing tourism assets in this region, hopefully in the new life of the motorsport park and the shore bird sanctuary.”
Councillors questioned how to welcome Chinese investment, and were told building a relationship was necessary in order to build confidence.
Prominent Barossa winemaker, Rolph Binder also spoke during the presentation.
“I think the most important thing with China is patience, and they are a very interesting customer because what they actually want they won’t tell you on the first visit,” Mr Binder said.
“There are different layers and different levels with how you communicate with them.
“Negotiating with them is very interesting.”
Well known businessman in horticulture and food manufacturing, Tony Clark, said the almond industry would find the growing conditions perfect in this region, particularly Kangaroo Flat, which is perfect for trees.
“The secret is to encourage people who are not currently in this area looking for the resources that we’ve got,” he said.
“Look for people who are looking at you.”