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Infrastructure Audit Highlights Our Region’s Potential

Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) in conjunction with Aurecon Consulting have completed an Infrastructure Audit of the Yorke and Mid North region, identifying many opportunities for the region to prosper into the future.

Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) in conjunction with Aurecon Consulting have completed an Infrastructure Audit of the Yorke and Mid North region, identifying many opportunities for the region to prosper into the future.

RDAYMN has identified that access to up to date and consolidated information regarding regional infrastructure is incomplete and creates challenges in terms of evidencing and providing key infrastructure data to local, state and federal governments and industry generally.

The Audit focusses on physical infrastructure including transport (roads, rail, ports, and air), power and energy, water, sewerage and general waste management, as well as telecommunication. There is also some inclusion of social and community infrastructure including tourism, sport and recreation, health and education related infrastructure.  The report provides an up-to-date capacity assessment of the region’s infrastructure and identifies deficits and the required infrastructure improvements.  It is complemented by a GIS resource of approximately 800 maps showing the social, environmental and economic attributes of Yorke and Mid North.

Four Case Studies focussing on specific areas of opportunity are also included in the Report:

  • Poultry and Meat Packaging Expansion;
  • Intermodal Facilities in the Region;
  • Freight infrastructure & the potential to increase capacity and attract investment;
  • Functionality of existing ports within the region including last mile access.

Regional South Australia is confronted with challenges with regard to the maintenance of its existing infrastructure and also gaining the necessary private/government investment into large scale infrastructure improvements and new infrastructure initiatives. Government funding plays a major role in assisting with investment into regional areas. Infrastructure needs and deficiencies need to be aligned with various strategic plans in order to successfully receive government support and funding, which the Audit now provides. In addition, the investments that Government make into a region further provide confidence within the private sector to seriously consider economic investment.  “The Yorke and Mid North Infrastructure Audit provides an information foundation for private investors and all tiers of government to access information.  It is designed to include a living updateable database of social and economic infrastructure across the Yorke and Mid North’s eleven councils”, Ms Saffin said.

Due to the various roles played by Federal, State, Local Government and Regional Development Australia in the area of regional infrastructure and development a coordinated approach to influencing key decision makers in these agencies is vital in order to maximise benefits for regional South Australia. The Audit provides a comprehensive assessment of infrastructure needs for the region and importantly will support regional bids for infrastructure investment and improvements.

The document can be downloaded here.

Media Contact:

Kelly-Anne Saffin
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North
Phone: 1300 742 414 or Mobile: 0417 872 015
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