Regional development focus at McLaren Vale

Regional development was the focus for the latest Women in Business Regional Network dinner held at Meeting Place, McLaren Vale on July 23.

The guest speaker was Steve Shotton from Regional Development Australia (RDA) Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island who gave an overview of the challenges facing the region, including the ageing population, transportation limitations and the need for the region to identify its competitive advantages and to promote them.

Mr Shotton spoke about the pressures being created by rapid growth in the Adelaide Hills and this prompted several of the attendees to express concerns about the expected population and development growth in the Sellicks and Seaford areas and the ability of infrastructure to cope with that growth.

The business services provided by the RDA have changed over recent years, but Mr Shotton said there was still opportunity to tap into the RDA’s help with advocacy, research and assistance with employment generation projects, economic modelling and problem solving.

A new grant locator is to be launched on the RDA’s website shortly to assist businesses and community organisations to access grant opportunities.  The RDA hopes to conduct training workshops in the future focused on improving grant writing skills.

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

The next Women in Business Regional Network at McLaren Vale will be a lunch on Wednesday, August 14 at Blessed Cheese which will look at apps to make work and personal life easier.  A dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 3 at the Meeting Place when life coach Cathy Domoney will be speaking about harnessing the strength of your inner voice and changing your mindset for success.