The following projects have accepted offers for funding from round 2 of the Regional Growth Fund.
Alexandrina Council – to renovate and upgrade the historic Chart Room into a usable contemporary multi-purpose space accommodating a variety of uses. The updated Chart Room will be available to enterprising local groups to promote their business, support events & new tourism initiatives. The building is centrally located, accessible & near the popular tourist attractions & events held in the historic Wharf Precinct and will add new attractions and appeal for visitors.
Bremerton Vintners – to develop a Commercial and Tourism Hub to encourage broad regional development for the Langhorne Creek region across multiple industries. The Commercial and Tourism Hub development supports the co-location, co-ordination and growth of four existing companies and one new company in Langhorne Creek. The project will create a new tourism destination, a dedicated events facility, a new facility for coordinated logistics and distribution which will support multiple businesses, a new distillery and a new brewery. The venture capitalises on growth in the wine and craft brewing / distilling industries, and works to attract greater visitor numbers to the region by creating an exciting new facility to cater for experiential wine and food tourism.
Chalk Hill – to create a new tourism facility to promote food and beverage offerings. The project will construct a new, dedicated building equipped with a full kitchen fit-out to provide a permanent home for Vera Oztalia; extend the existing production facility to provide for future capacity growth and in-house bottling for Never Never Distilling Co; and construct a dedicated conference and events building.
Artisans of Barossa – to establish a sales and marketing platform for Barossa food producers. It will include a tasting lounge, market place, culinary event spaces, business facilitation space, a Barossa food garden, e-commerce and a direct marketing and distribution hub. The project will position local food as an integral element of the Artisans’ business model, and will be featured in tandem with regional wine at all customer touch points, positioning the Barossa region as a first choice culinary tourism destination.
Mount Barker District Council – is being supported with the design, construction and commissioning of a lined, earth bank storage with a capacity in the range of at least 450 and potentially 500 megalitres, including inlet and outlet works, site security and safety elements. The recycled water supply from the project will enable irrigation and increased primary production in later stages of the project.
Port Augusta City Council – Revitalising Port Augusta Project aimed at upgrading infrastructure around the foreshore and Central Business District to enhance tourist experiences and increase the vibrancy of Port Augusta. This project will assist with the promotion of Port Augusta as a place to stay a little bit longer. It will do this by providing more cohesive community and play spaces and providing information key to the history and heritage of the township and surrounding areas.
Town of Gawler and Barossa Council – to create a cycling path from Adelaide to Angaston via the Stuart O’Grady Trail and the Barossa Bikeway. This will provide a continuous cycle path between the Barossa Valley, Gawler, the Adelaide Plains, Virginia food bowl area and into Adelaide. The project will provide safe cycling and pedestrian access to a number of farm gates, local producers and manufacturers, and retail outlets of local, regional and artisan food and wine products. The project will leverage more than $80 million of existing cycle-related infrastructure including the Gawler and Tanunda bike hubs that can accommodate large groups of social and professional cyclists.
Light Regional Council – is being supported with the development and implementation of a Communications & Activation Plan which will increase residential and business investment in the region by implementing innovative marketing strategies highlighting the region’s benefits. The project delivers a new website portal to cater for Light Regional Council’s investment attraction and economic development services as a ‘one-stop-shop’ destination for investors to source information about the region’s offering and opportunities. This website will interface with Light Regional Council’s destination tourism website.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Central Operations – to redevelop the existing clinic site at Marree to create a new state-of-the-art health precinct to deliver improved primary health care for the Far North communities. The new health precinct will include a purpose built medical facility, additional staff accommodation and overall site upgrades.
District Council of Grant – is being supported to upgrade the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards, with a grant to develop industry standard infrastructure for loading and unloading livestock. The project includes installation of new ramps, platforms and lighting. The Saleyards are the largest cattle selling facility in the Limestone Coast region, with sales of cattle and sheep averaging $114 million per annum over the last 3 years. The Council expects the project to increase efficiencies (reduced load and unload waiting periods) and enable loading of larger freight trucks that cannot currently use the facility.