RDALC Chair welcomes open door policy with Minister.


 Seven South Australian Regional Development Australia (RDA) chairs and CEO’s recently met with the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, along with Rob Kerin, Chair of Regional Development South Australia.

The meeting was an opportunity for the CEO’s and Chairs to discuss key issues for the region with the Minister, and discuss important future activities.

“The Minister encouraged RDAs to work closely with him, to share ideas regarding our region’s economic and infrastructure priorities,” said Peter Gandolfi, Chair of RDA Limestone Coast.

Minister Whetstone outlined his key areas for focus included rail and infrastructure (including heavy vehicle access and issues), increasing the opportunity for red meat production, pilots with immigration Visa programs and growth in the tourism industry.

“Here in the Limestone Coast we are making strong progress towards many of these key areas with the recent announcement of the rail benefit study, the positive results from the recent SA Tourism Industry Council report and the work accomplished so far by the Red Meat Cluster group,” said Mr Gandolfi.

In coming months, RDALC will be increasing its communication with various industry and business representatives to further discuss the Ministers priorities and how they align with our regions activity and needs.

“Business and Workforce Development Manager, Paul Mullen has also been working on the opportunities for entering our region into a Designated Area Migration Agreement and we are collaborating closely with PIRSA and regional Industry and Business leaders to shape this proposal,” he said. “This will help address the workforce shortage faced by various business sectors.”

 Regional Development South Australia (RDSA) plays a unique role in supporting the economic development efforts of seven regionally based RDAs. For well over 25 years the seven RDAs have evolved into key economic development agencies within their specific regions. Under the structure of the peak body Regional Development South Australia, (RDSA) the RDAs come together to collaborate closely on a wide range of cross-regional issues and economic development projects that are fundamental to the future and well-being of South Australia. 

Photo taken at the December RDSA meeting chaired by Rob Kerin included discussion of state-wide issues and priorities with the Hon Minister Tim Whetstone MP, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.