Regional development discussed at Strathalbyn

Opportunities for business and regional development in the Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island were the focus for the latest Strathalbyn dinner for the Women in Business Regional Network.

The Victoria Hotel’s conference room was at capacity to hear from Steve Shotton, the regional manager of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island as well as representatives from the Strathalbyn organising committee for the SA Rural Women’s Gathering Leonie Broadbridge and Lynda Mundy.

Transport, particularly opportunities for better links between Strathalbyn and the city, were among the issues raised by the women.

Mr Shotton explained that a recent transport study initiated by the RDA had attracted an overwhelming response from the public with a number of options being explored, particularly to improve linked between Mount Barker and the city.

Mr Shotton said that in SA only $25 per head was spent on public transport, compared with other states such as WA, NSW and Victoria where spending per capita was $100 or more.

As well, there was interest in moves by governments to encourage more migrants to relocate to regional areas to fill skilled workforce shortages. The network is an in-kind sponsor for a national roadshow coming to Adelaide next week to release a toolkit to assist regional areas to achieve this.

Mr Shotton spoke about opportunities for business to utilise the RDA’s services for advocacy and about a new grant locator to be launched shortly.

Those at the dinner were encouraged to sign up for the RDA’s newsletter to stay informed about regional economic development issues.

Planning is well underway for the SA Rural Women’s Gathering in Strathalbyn from October 11-13 which is expected to attract about 250 visitors to the area.  The committee is keen to attract more sponsors as well as volunteers to assist during the weekend.

The next Women in Business Regional Network at Strathalbyn will be a dinner at the Victoria Hotel on August 12 when the topic will be how to get noticed on Google even if you don’t have your own website.