Regional South Australians have had their say on key priorities to drive regional growth and liveability, as captured in the Regional Development Strategy Engagement Report released today.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the report, presented to him by the Regional Development Strategy Community Advisory Panel, captured the issues and opportunities identified by regional communities during the state-wide consultation.
"Receiving this Engagement Report means we are one step closer to creating a Regional Development Strategy to better guide, prioritise and coordinate the State Government"s long-term investment in South Australia"s regions and support key regional development drivers," said Minister Whetstone.
"I was very pleased with the response to the Regional Development Strategy consultation – receiving 62 written responses and 149 responses via the YourSAy website.
"In addition to more than 100 individual stakeholder engagement sessions in 15 locations across the state, there were 14 community forums attended by 280 people.
"I thank the many stakeholders and community members for taking the time to engage with the independent Panel, sharing their vast experience and ideas for building stronger regions in SA.
"This consultation has confirmed what we already suspected – for too long over the past 16 years regions have been navigating tough times with little direction from their State Government, and the Marshall Liberal Government is turning that around.
"Consultation focussed on three key areas – service provision, investment in infrastructure, and 'regional enabler' such as population, capability, and attracting investment, innovators and entrepreneurs
"Issues and opportunities identified during the consultation included education and training, digital connectivity, leadership development, and place-based decision making.
"Thanks also to the Panel for their unwavering commitment – they have had the enormous job of distilling feedback from the consultation and I look forward to receiving their draft Strategy for consideration in due course."
Download the full Regional Development Strategy Engagement Report from yoursay.sa.gov.au/regional-development