Regional Growth Fund 2018-19 competitive round projects
The following projects have been funded through the 2018-19 competitive round of the Regional Growth Fund.
Apple and Pear Growers Association – optimising water management through sustainable pumping technology. The project includes upgrades to 42 existing water pumping systems and the installation of solar technology. It will lead to a reduction in energy costs and improved water management practices for participating orchards.
Coorong District Council – water harvesting through the installation of four lined catchments built in the Salt Creek and Woods Well locality, and one weather station. The project will contribute to improved livestock production, reduced spray drift and contamination of valuable agricultural produce, and greater fire weather information.
Extending the Mesonet to the Riverland - establishing a state of the art automatic weather station network to deliver a monitoring and warning system on adverse conditions for spraying. This project will provide significant benefits for the Riverland as spray drift has a range of risks affecting the sustainability of the primary production sector in the region. The network will be spread across the Riverland and southern Mallee districts and will link with the Mid North Mesonet. The project will be managed by Ag Excellence Alliance in association with Mallee Sustainable Farming.
Goolwa Pipi Co – creating new economic opportunities for Ngarrindjeri people from commercial fishing of wild caught pipi in the Lakes and Coorong Fishery. The project will expand their processing facility enabling them to process and package extra volumes of wild catch pipi. It will also lead to the growth in wild-catch pipi exports.
Mid Murray Council – delivery of a power supply upgrade to the Bowhill community. The project includes the installation of an underground power line to Bowhill, fully freeing up the amenity of the Bowhill Engineering site, and providing solar power to Bowhill Engineering, the community centre and to the General Store, reducing power costs and improving power reliability.
Outback Communities Authority – upgrading and enhancing tourist facilities. The project includes building new shelters and shade areas, installing tables and chairs and interpretive signage, landscaping, painting of campgrounds, hall renovations, expanding playgrounds and the development of a tourist hub at Beltana. The upgrades will realise improvements to the functionality and aesthetics of amenities for both residents and visitors to the communities of Parachilna, Yunta, Beltana, Glendambo, Iron Knob, Fowlers Bay and Penong. Construction work will be carried out by local volunteers, local contractors and Remote Jobs in Communities Program participants, providing job opportunities and economic benefits to the area.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service – development of the Innamincka Remote Healthcare Clinic. The project will enable the provision of quality and culturally safe health care and related social services to Innamincka and surrounding remote communities.
Shield Intermodal – development of the Bordertown intermodal facility. The project will include the construction of an intermodal freight handling, trans-shipping and loading facility on the main Adelaide to Melbourne national railway line located at the Bordertown train station. It will lead to a more efficient and affordable transport and logistics link between wood processing plants and other local industries and international markets.
The Hills Distillery – expansion of Lot 100 Beverage Consortium’s craft spirits and cider production facilities. The project will include measures to improve optimisation of production, transport and distribution, and the development of a native market garden as part of the landscape on Lot 100. It will contribute to growing South Australia's craft beverage industries and capability and build on the overall tourism experience.