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The Limestone Coast region is an area of over 21,000 square kilometres in the south eastern corner of South Australia. The region contains a diverse range of industry sectors which makes for a robust and expanding business community.

The Limestone Coast lies between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne and is made up of seven local government areas: District Council of Grant, Kingston District Council, City of Mount Gambier, Naracoorte Lucindale Council, District Council of Robe, Tatiara District Council, and Wattle Range Council. With a population of approximately 67,000 and density of 0.03 persons per hectare, the economy is built on traditional agriculture-based activities. The region, however, is in transition. Economic growth across the Limestone Coast is highly variable and demographic changes are putting pressures on the working age population.

The economy is undergoing structural change, with employment growth in traditional industries like agriculture, forestry and fishing and manufacturing slowing, while employment growth in service and tourism industries is increasing. There is a strong demand in education and healthcare sectors.

Long term economic prosperity for the region will be based on the enduring competitiveness of agricultural foundations, alongside creative approaches to ensuring that Limestone Coast residents are well placed to pick up the best of the anticipated growth in service and tourism industries.

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BIOMASS

Drivers globally and domestically are creating an environment conducive to pursuing biomass-based projects that create a bioeconomy and economic development in regions. Drivers range from environmental, population growth, life expectancy and price and security of fuels.

It is estimated across Australia there is 78 million tonnes of biomass, increasing to 100 million tonnes by 2030 and 114 million tonnes by 2050. A bioeconomy based around this biomass could deliver many benefits including employment and economic development in regions, increased energy security, more effective use of waste and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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ELECTRICITY

Energy security and reliability through improved power infrastructure is key to supporting businesses in the region to invest and grow and to attract new industry

Business growth is impeded as significant power infrastructure investment is required before some businesses are able to expand.

Some businesses report a loss of $400 a minute every time power is lost or becomes unstable.

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HIGH PRODUCTIVITY VEHICLE ACCESS

Progress has also been made with heavy vehicle regulation, with jurisdictions progressively transitioning to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). However, progress has been slow, and heavy vehicle regulations remain inconsistent and difficult for industry to understand.

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DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The Limestone Coast has blackspots across the region that are impacting on the productivity and competitiveness of critical industries including forestry and agriculture. With existing coverage levels, investment in new digital and data technologies that can enhance productivity and improve competitiveness in global markets is significantly reduced. Failure to invest in these technologies will ultimately lead to job losses, whereas overcoming the blackspot issues will provide the environment to encourage investment, along with it industry growth
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AGINSIGHT

South Australia has world-class agriculture, food, wine, fibre and forestry industries. They are the State’s largest export industries and our products are transported directly to more than 100 countries.

Our production systems are sustainable and make use of clean and safe environments that are well managed.

These industries are supported by leading research, technology and biosecurity measures and are well positioned to meet the growing global demand for clean and safe food and wine.

Building on our history of sustainable production, we are committed to helping you find opportunities to realise their growth potential.

The first release of this new website provides a range of commodity data and advanced geospatial mapping capacity to inform your business planning and development decision making in South Australia.

SA INVESTMENT ATLAS

The South Australian Investment Atlas provides one location to access property, infrastructure and social information, enabling you to find the perfect place to land.

The South Australian Investment Atlas is an online spatial information (or GIS) tool that enables users to access key information including:

  • commercial real estate availability
  • land zoning
  • infrastructure including roads, rail, water, electricity, gas, high speed internet, waste disposal
  • economic and social information.

The system allows you to identify a property, check that it has the infrastructure you require and connect directly to the relevant real estate agent, all from the one location - reducing the need to approach multiple utility companies and government departments for information