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.
- Regional youth traineeship program creates 57 new jobs - media release 5 November 2015
- $2 million for 57 regional youth local government traineeships - media release 16 July 2015
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.
- North West Indigenous Pastoral Project creating jobs - media release 7 October 2015
- North West Indigenous Pastoral project delivering results - media release 2 June 2016
- State Budget 2016-17: Funding expands successful Indigenous Pastoral Project – media release 8 July 2016
- Jobs and skills flourishing thanks to funding to Indigenous Pastoral Project - media release 23 November 2016
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.
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.
- $50,000 for Coorong Water Transportation Scheme feasibility study - media release 21 November 2016
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.
- New development officer for Peterborough - media release 30 March 2015
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.
- Emergency services upgrade for Yorke and Mid North - media release 26 October 2015
- Helipad hardstand for Peterborough - media release 30 March 2015
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.
- SA contribution to Federal mobile black spot program - media release 16 June 2016
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.
- $48,410 support for Murray Bridge riverfront master plan - media release 21 September 2015
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.
- Academy hits the right note for Mount Gambier - media release 3 March 2015
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.
- $120,000 support for regional migrant services - media release 4 August 2015
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.
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.