Regions matter – Barossa first stop on regular regional itinerary

The Premier will today meet with community members and businesses in the Barossa region to reaffirm the new Government’s commitment to reinvigorating SA’s regions.

Today’s trip to the Barossa will be the Premier’s first regional visit since the swearing in of the new Cabinet, with support for our regions a key focus of every member of the Marshall Government

“My government will work for all South Australians, no matter whether they live in metropolitan Adelaide or in regional SA,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“We took to the election a comprehensive plan for the regions to create more jobs and grow regional economies, reduce the cost of living and lower taxes, invest in key infrastructure, and restore regional health, education and other essential frontline services.

“The Barossa region is a beautiful part of our state and it’s always a pleasure to visit the world class Barossa Valley, renowned for its premium food and wine tourism offerings.

“There are exciting opportunities to further develop the Barossa’s export links with our trading partners in Asia and elsewhere, while also growing tourism in the region with more visitors from within SA, interstate and overseas.

“In order for export growth and tourism growth in the Barossa to occur, we need to ensure the fundamentals of the economy are strong for the entire region, and that’s why we’ll methodically implement our agenda for more jobs, lower costs, and better services.”

The State Government will implement a series of regionally-focused initiatives, including:

  • The Regional Growth Fund – a 10-year, $150 million program to support projects that unlock new economic activity in our regions, creating jobs and growing exports

  • New Trade Offices – to provide exporters with improved access to overseas markets by opening up new trade offices in China, Japan, Malaysia, Dubai, and the United States

  • Economic advice and support – $3 million in annual funding provided to Regional Development Australia boards to ensure they are able to continue to provide vital advice and support on the economic development of each region

  • Royalties for Regions – developing better, safer infrastructure through a dedicated roads and infrastructure fund using 30 per cent of mining royalties, estimated to be $750 million over 10 years

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