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$17.5 million for South Australian River Murray communities



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Warren Truss Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Geoff Brock

SA Minister for Regional Development SA Minister for Local Government

 

Joint Media Statement   23 June 2014

$17.5 million for South Australian River Murray communities

PRODUCTIVITY, employment prospects and economic diversification in South Australia’s River Murray communities have been given a $17.5 million boost through two funding programmes as part of the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and SA Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock jointly announced the funding today.

Mr Truss said the funding would be squarely focused on regional economic development.

“The $12.5 million Regional Development and Innovation Fund and the $5 million Industry-led Research Sub-Program have been designed to benefit industry in both the immediate and long term,” Mr Truss said.

“The programmes have been created to ignite regional productivity and help river communities adapt to a future where water availability may be reduced.

“These programmes will move them closer to the level of economic diversification they need to ensure they remain healthy and prosperous into the future.”

Mr Brock said funded projects would help achieve strong, innovative communities and a productive economy with a bright future in premium food and wine production.

“Both programmes represent exciting opportunities to support the Murray-Darling Basin region,” Mr Brock said.

“The Australian Government Regional Development and Innovation Fund aims to fund major projects from non-irrigating businesses with the capacity to create employment and improve economic diversification.

“The South Australian Government Industry-led Research Sub-Program aims to deliver benefits through research into areas that will enhance productivity, such as water use efficiency and production optimisation, and seeks to address research gaps previously identified through an

industry and research consultation process.

“Targeted research and industry partnership is a very important way for Government to help regional communities adapt to a changing river and changing climate.”

The SARMS program is funded by the Federal Government and delivered by the State Government through Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA).

Round One of the Regional Development and Innovation Fund will open on Friday, 27 June 2014, and close Friday, 19 September 2014.

The Industry-led Research Sub-Program will also open to registered research organisations on Friday, 27 June 2014, closing on Friday 25 July 2014.

Information sessions regarding both programmes have been planned and will be held shortly.

Programme requirements, guideline documents and session details will be available on the PIRSA website from Friday 27 June 2014: www.pir.sa.gov.au

Additional information on the Regional Development and Innovation Fund can be obtained by contacting Mr Kym Walton, PIRSA Rural Solutions, on (08) 8539 2118 or 1300 364 322.

Additional information on the Industry-led Research Sub-Program can be obtained by contacting Dr Ben Baghurst, PIRSA Rural Solutions, on (08) 8226 2682 or 1300 364 322.

Media Contacts For Mr Truss: Brett Heffernan 0467 650 020

For Mr Brock: Richard Lower 0419 838 646