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Mr Brock said a smaller, $3 mil-
lion “Project Management” regional
fund announced earlier this month
already was in place, with the ap-
plication process to start from this
Friday, June 27.
Other funding in two separate
blocks – of $8.5 million and $3.5
million should be announced next
week, when criteria will be finalised
All funding was confirmed in
last week’s tough State Budget (see
separate reports, page 8).
“The Regional Development
Fund and Jobs Accelerator ($10
million) will be staggered, to allow
people time to apply,” Mr Brock said.
“By the end of September all de-
tails should be out, allowing RDA’s
councils and others to apply for
The Cabinet sub-committee,
which Mr Brock chairs, and made
up of five senior Ministers has met
once and will again meet next Mon-
day, June 30.
The subcommittee consists of the
Treasurer (Mr Koutsantonis) and
Ministers responsible for transport
(Mullighan), employment (Gago)
and agriculture (Bignell).
Referring to the package hag-
gled out between himself and Mr
Weatherill, Mr Brock said all projects
negotiated for the electorate of Frome
have been scoped, costed and would
These include local road improve-
ments, separate to Port Pirie’s Nyrstar
package announced last month.
Mr Brock said he would remove
himself from any final decisions on
funding for projects suggested for
“It must be that way,” he said.
He was excited by the potential of
Bowmans Intermodal and was anx-
ious for the Infrastructure Minister,
Mr Mullighan, to visit.
“I want him out there to see it
first hand,” he said. “It’s a great op-
portunity (for the region).”
Bowmans Intermodal chairman,
Malcolm May, welcomed the visit,
which he expected on July 11.
“We certainly are looking at State
infrastructure grant funding to further
develop and expand the area,” Mr
May said. “We also need to lift the
profile of the whole region, which
can offer so much to businesses and
Mr Brock said Premier Weatherill
had demanded a different Minister
visit regions every week. Three coun-
try Cabinet meetings are also planned
for each year, with two due to follow
this week’s Riverland meeting, in
September and December.
Mr Brock said there was a re-
newed focus on regions.
“I have travelled the State in the
past 10 weeks across most regions,”
Mr Brock said. “There are lots of is-
sues – and there is lots of optimism
and innovative thinking. People in the
long term just want (the government)
to get on with governing.
“They are tired on negativity.
They want to move on and that’s
what we should be doing.”
However, councils, RDA’s and
businesses needed to ensure people in
government were aware of projects.
“Government agencies must be
aware of what’s available in the
region,” Mr Brock said. Referring to
the Frome electorate and any possible
negative impacts on it, Mr Brock said
he would continue to “fight strongly
for my electorate.”
Mr Brock said he was unaware of
any hospital closures, though he ac-
knowledged the Treasurer had raised
this possibility when delivering the
Budget last week.
He was disappointed at the
KEY Primary Industries repre-
sentatives toured the Bowmans Inter-
modal site recently to gain a deeper
perspective on the site’s expansion
and importance in the region.
Regional Development Australia
Yorke and Mid North chair, Kay
Matthias, and RDAYMN CEO, Kelly-
Anne Saffin, invited the PIRSAexecu-
tive to visit the region and provided
briefings on major projects under way
in the area.
PIRSA CEO, Scott Ashby, and
deputy CEO, Don Frater, took up the
“We believe they were immensely
rewarded by making a personal visit
to a part of our vast capture area,” Ms
“We build partnerships to develop
strategies and deliver sustainable in-
frastructure and services to regions;
and as one of our primary funding
partners we were pleased to person-
ally highlight the opportunities within
Brock: “See it first hand”
PIRSA heads tour
major local projects
Frome MP wants Cabinet
members to visit key regional
sites in electorate
AMG’s Hayden Battle (yellow vest) discusses the work
going on at Bowmans with PIRSA’s Scott Ashby, Trevor
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