The Murraylands and Riverland region is the 3rd largest regional economy in South Australia. With over 6,100 local businesses, the region is the largest primary producer region in the state producing broad acre grains, livestock, horticulture, fruit, nuts, wine grapes, and value-adding processing and manufacturing. Situated on major road and rail freight routes to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Mount Gambier, there is huge potential in transport and logistics.
The region contributes conservatively $2.2B of the states estimated $15B gross food and production with focuses in the areas of fruit, milk, vegetable, meat and grain production and processing. The region is the state’s largest producer of wine grapes, potatoes and onions and hosts the largest family owned business in South Australia.
Key industries in the region include Agricultural products; Manufacturing including value adding primary products; Retail; Transport & Logistics; Tourism; and Health & Community Services.
The region‘s economy centres on primary production and processing for export, while tourism and services are also significant contributors. Murray Bridge, Berri and Renmark have important manufacturing and primary product processing roles. Principal industries include wine grapes, fruit and vegetables, grain crops, dairy, meat and livestock processing, seafood and aquaculture, and tourism.
Emerging industries include transport, value-adding industries, distribution and warehousing, manufacturing, environmental business, water resource management and re-use, mining and the intensive animal industry. Transport activities are linked to the focus on warehousing and distribution of wholesale goods, which is gaining in local economic momentum and paralleling South Australian and interstate initiatives and developments. Environmental business is a strong growth sector of the wider tourism industry. Water resources management has achieved national recognition and under-pins many other state-wide business activities.
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Manufacturing forms an important part of the regional economy with large scale industries such as Moore Engineering Pty. Ltd., Bowhill Engineering Pty. Ltd., The Newell Group Pty. Ltd., Horwood Bagshaw Ltd., and CPS Pipes Pty. Ltd., which operate in metal and composites fabrication serving regional agricultural and export markets around Australia and overseas.
Niche market manufacturers such as Cutting Edge Engineering Pty. Ltd. adapt the latest technology and C.N.C. machinery for specialised markets in regional Australia and overseas.
The requirements of the irrigation sector have resulted in innovative development in irrigation products and systems.
Demands of the tourist industry have brought significant expansion in houseboat construction enterprises such as Houseboat Concepts Pty. Ltd.
Cooke Plains Gypsum is a long standing mining enterprise in the Coorong region.
The Australian Zircon Mine at Mindarie has introduced a new opportunity for manufacturers and the Karoonda service sector. Diatomite has potential in Southern Mallee with coal deposits around Sedan and Moorlands a potential resource for the future. Cooperative business relationships assist tendering for projects outside the region.
The region is ideally situated within close proximity to City of Adelaide, traversed by a network of highways from north-south, east-west to support a transport logistics industry.
Development of Murray Bridge/Tailem Bend corridor with high level infrastructure offers opportunity for a “State of the Art” transport hub with facilities for cargo transfer, driver accommodation and vehicle maintenance.
Similarly opportunities at the Monarto precinct could complement existing warehouse facilities making best use of road and rail links with potential for a regional airport.
More than 50% of the jobs in the Murraylands and Riverland region are directly or indirectly connected to the regional food industry.
The Murraylands and Riverland region produces:
There are many different jobs involved in getting food from paddock to place.
There are a range of employment opportunities in the region within the Grain Industry. Large businesses in the region include Viterra, Ridley Agriproducts, and Lithgow Enterprises.
There are also a large number of smaller producers that produce grains including wheat, barley, canola, and lentils among other products for sale.
Advisory services for the agricultural industry are also available from companies such as Landmark, Elders, and Murraylands Ag.