Projects worth tens of millions of dollars including a state-of-the-art potato washing and packing facility as well as works to help future-proof South Australia’s wine industry have been allocated funding to proceed according to the state government.
Nearly $70 million of investment in regional South Australia will be unlocked, creating more than 1,000 jobs, due in part to $12 million from the Marshall Liberal Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham, who announced the successful projects at Yalumba Nursery at the Barossa Valley, said this stimulus funding will help South Australia’s economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.
“2020 has been a tough year for South Australians and our regions have been hit particularly hard firstly with drought, then bushfires and now the coronavirus pandemic,” said Basham.
“This $12 million from the Regional Growth Fund will unlock nearly $70 million of investment in South Australia’s economy – creating more than 1,000 jobs across the state.
“Our regions are a key driver for the South Australian economy and this will provide a much-needed shot in the arm to help business bounce back as quickly as possible.
“We had more than 200 applications for the Strategic Business Round and the successful projects are shovel-ready and will have lasting, widespread benefits for South Australia’s regions.
“In good news for other applicants there is still more funding available from the Regional Growth Fund and some of the remaining projects from this round are still being considered.”
Yalumba Family Winemakers were one of the successful grant recipients and they will deliver a $2 million project which has the potential to future proof South Australia’s wine industry.
Chief Viticulturist, Robin Nettelbeck, said Yalumba Family Winemakers would establish an extensive and intensively managed high health grapevine germplasm collection, quarantined nuclear collection and a large-scale grapevine production field nursery.
“This project will establish the highest health and most genetically diverse commercial collection of grapevine material in Australia, while establishing the most hygienic and productive field nursery site to propagate best performing vines for the Australian viticultural industry,” said Nettelbeck.
“Australia and in particular South Australia has some of the oldest vines in the world and during last summer’s bushfires it was devastating to see how quickly some of these were destroyed.
“Our project can effectively act as a seed bank and contribute to the future proofing of the $45 billion Australian wine industry and provide valuable support to the growing domestic table grape industry.”
The Marshall Liberal Government has committed $150 million over 10 years through the Regional Growth Fund to support regional South Australia as part of the Recharging Our Regions policy.
The 16 successful projects are a combination of 13 projects from a once-off stimulus round of the Regional Growth Fund and three projects from Round Three.
Applicants to the Regional Growth Fund were eligible to seek grants from $50,000 up to $2 million, with projects given preference if they can demonstrate a greater private-to-government funding ratio and demonstrable strong economic outcomes.
The applications were assessed by an independently chaired panel, and advice was recommended based on how well they aligned to the criteria of this Fund. There is still $7.7 million in funding available in the Regional Growth Fund with further applicants from the stimulus round being considered from the Strategic Business Round.
Parilla Premium Potatoes sought funding for a new potato washing and packing facility for $2,000,000 in the Murray Mallee. Total investment is $35,700,00.
Yumbah Hatchery sought funding of $400,00 to establish a ‘spat bank’ in Port Lincoln to future-proof oyster spay supply and selective breeding programs. The total project investment is $1,170,000.
Gadaleta Steel Fabrication sought funding of $2,000,000 to purchase and install automated steel processing, machinery at Port Brie to lift production capacity from 50 tonnes a week to 200-300 tonnes. Total project investment is $4,500,00.
T Musilino & CO sought $515,000 for a new climate-controlled food processing facility in Northern Adelaide Plains. Total project investment is $1,515,345.
SABOR Limited sought $440,00 in funding for a shed expansion as well as an enhanced biosecurity facility to house 164 boars in Clare for semen collection. Total project investment is $987,570.
Yalumba Family Winemakers sought funding of $1,065,00 to establish a high health grapevine germplasm collection as well as develop its field nursery in Riverland and Barossa Valley. Total project investment is $2,130,500.
Berri Hotel sought $1,500,000 to construct an additional 20 rooms at the Berri Resort Hotel along with landscaping. Total project investment is $7,092,000.
Torrens Valley Orchards sought $170,000 to install a fully automated overhead sprinkler system to expand cultivation area and respond to climate impacts at Riverland. Total Project investment is $377,695. The company also sought funding of $141,890 to install packaging equipment in Adelaide Hills to provide small volume, high value contact free products. Total project investment is $333,780.
Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs sought $437,795 in funding to construct new production facilities with three temperature-controlled areas, dry storage, packaging area and new transport loading areas. Total project investment is $875,470.
South East Pine Sales sought $88,670 in funding for an automated biomass steam generation plan for wood drying – additional 980-metres-cubed capacity at Mount Gambier. Total project investment is $295,565.
Wirra Wirra Vineyards sought funding of $225,875 to expand a commercial kitchen at McLaren Vale. Total project investment is $573,750.
Woodhouse Activity Centre sought $395,743 in funding to expand its facility in Adelaide Hills and bolster fire protection. Total project investment is $791,485.
Ferretti International sought $2,000,000 in funding to create a state-of-the-art steel processing facility in Whyalla supporting Ferretti and partners in their requirements for low cost processed steel. Total project investment is $8,000,000.
District Council of Karoonda East Murray sought $125,000 in funding for the Karoonda business industrial park project to fast track power and water installation at the industrial park (Murray Mallee). Total project investment is $270,000.
Eyre Peninsula Ocean Jackets Fishing Cluster sought $740,000 in funding to upgrade its existing processing room at Mori Seafoods with new equipment to receive, process, retail pack and export Ocean Jacket fillets (Port Lincoln). Total project investment is $1,480,000.
(Image: Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham.)