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Source: Premiers Office
Minister Leon Bignell, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Recreation and Sport, Minister for Racing and Minister Geoff Brock, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government release this statement today Friday 30th May, announcing that the Limestone Coast will receive a boost in funds for local projects.
Four projects in the Limestone Coast region will receive a total of $277,000 in funding from the State Government’s Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program.
The $2.7 million, five-year pilot program will help establish cluster groups in the Murraylands and Riverland and Limestone Coast regions.
Agriculture Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the funds will help support regional food and wine-related businesses come together to explore new opportunities for growth and innovation through the formation and development of industry clusters.
“The Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program recognises that industry-led collaboration can lead significant improvement in productivity and competitiveness,” he said.
“Through these grants, businesses will be working together to create efficiencies and increase sustainability in the wine, meat, dairy and potato industries in the Limestone Coast region.
“Such collaboration supports the State Government’s Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment strategic priority to enhance industry productivity, ensure the security of South Australian food production, and build the position and profile of the State’s industries and regions.”
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the government’s focus on regional development was underpinned by partnerships between government, industries and local communities.
“There’s significant evidence showing that when government, industry and communities work together there’s a greater return on investment for everyone,” he said.
“These projects show great initiative and innovation by bringing these elements together, benefiting South Australia’s food and wine industries, with a really positive economic outcome for the whole region.
“In particular, the Limestone Coast’s inclusion as one of the cluster pilot regions is delivering on a key outcome of the Limestone Coast Economic Diversification Forum facilitated by the State Government and now locally led.
“The Forum was a result of the Premier’s commitment to bring together visionary regional leaders to think innovatively around new economic development opportunities, and the locally formed Limestone Coast Economic Diversification Group has since implemented several outcomes of the Forum, the cluster program key amongst them.”