At last week’s RDA annual general meeting I took the opportunity to mention the amount of new economic activity in our wider region, either started or ready to launch next year. From the horticulture boom imminent for the Northern Adelaide Plains, particularly around Two Wells where there is also a housing boom and a new R-12 school to on-campus developments at Roseworthy with equine and agricultural technologies and a raft of advanced technology and engineering businesses establishing around the town. There is growth in Freeling and township and tourism development in Kapunda. Gawler’s new Innovation Hub and civic centre is being developed as a regional facility to connect and support emerging businesses, creatives and the community.
The electrification of the rail and completion of the Northern connector opens up all kinds of opportunities for industry and tourism. The expanding cycle path network supports community mobility and a raft of tourism connections, including the Great Wine Capitals Trail. The Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club is partnering with more wineries and businesses for themed race day events which offer opportunities for corporate entertaining and tourism experiences.
Equine industries have a long history in this region and offer important growth and job potential. There are a host of new wine tourism experiences in the Barossa and a number of new accommodation proposals on the table. Diversification of activity are supported by expanded trails facilities and the recreational uses of the Warren Reservoir.
Our food business is growing succession planning in our agri-industries is a priority RDA will take through into next year. Wine is still the economic base and growth in global markets will sustain that. More quality visitor experiences and greater access to the distinctive food culture and product will support our wine industry.
An exciting new initiative for 2019 will be the Barossa Campus for a multi-university course deliver and student hub in the region. The facility will offer degree course studies in a number of courses relevant to regional career opportunities. It is ambitious but we are hoping to have this available for the coming academic year.
A safe Christmas, New Year and a 2019 full of opportunities for all.
Anne Moroney, chief executive
Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains