South Australian Premier Steven Marshall launched a statewide strategy to strengthen economic growth and create jobs in South Australia's regions during his visit to Port Lincoln on Tuesday.
Mr Marshall launched the 'Our Regions Matter' blueprint during his visit to Port Lincoln on Tuesday, which will outlines the state's direction to support and develop regions to reach its full potential.
This is coupled with the launch of the Our Regions Matter website, which will allow people to look at investments being made in their local area and what plans are for the future.
Mr Marshall said after reaching out for consultation a interim report was published in 2019 but COVID-19 put a halt on plans and now with the state moving into a new phase with vaccinations and eased restrictions, it was time to launch the strategy.
He said the blueprint focuses on five key areas to drive growth: regional voice, regional connectivity, regional leadership and skills, regional services and regional investment.
"We feel very strongly that our regions are the powerhouse of South Australia's opportunities going forward," he said.
"We are of course going to be very respectful and try to develop critical areas that have been very good to our state in the past, like agriculture, like fishing, forestry."
"Areas like mining and tourism have been very good for our state in the past, they are captured in this document."
Mr Marshall said the strategy would also look at emerging areas including defence and space opportunities, and a big part would be the investment into services and infrastructures, including major upgrades into schools, hospitals and roads.
Mr Marshall made the announcement at Mori's Seafood in Port Lincoln, which was one of the recipients of the most recent round of the Regional Growth Fund grant program as part of the program that was called the Eyre Peninsula Ocean Jackets Fishing Cluster.
A grant of $740,000 was awarded to put new infrastructure into place to process, package and transport underutilised fish species to market and into export markets interstate and overseas.
Mr Marshall said this was an example of the government investing to develop new and exciting opportunities.
"To make sure that we can get the most out of our fisheries that we need to be developing new markets for these underutilised species and this program I think will go a long way to do that," he said.
"I think we've got some of the cleanest, most sustainable and well managed fisheries in the world right here in South Australia, this is a project which is going to make sure that we can fulfill our full potential in this area."
Mr Marshall was accompanied on his visit to Port Lincoln by Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham, Member of the Legislative Council Dr Nicola Centofanti from the Riverland, Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula chief executive officer Dion Dorward, Member for Flinders Peter Treloar and Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association president Sam Telfer.
Mr Treloar said it was great to see Mr Marshall announce the launch of the strategy during his visit to Port Lincoln and the website would be a valuable resource for people to learn of the government's investments in our regions.
"It's important people can see where state government money is going into the community and it gives people some idea of the funding that's available from this government," he said.
The Our Regions Matter website is available at regionsmatter.sa.gov.au.
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