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Plans progress for Research Centre
by Stephanie Gropler
Plans for Loxton Research
Centre redevelopment are
expected to be finalised in
River Murray Sustainability
Program manager Ben Fee said
opinions were still being sought
regarding the future of the centre.
"We have received 17 preliminary
investigation forms back. So, we
have had some of the broader, gen-
eral community feedback already,
which has been great," Mr Fee
"People are looking for flexible
open space and conference facili-
ties and specific shared laboratory
Mr Fee said it was not just the
local community looking to utilise
the centre once the redevelopment is
"There are a number of organisa-
tions that have already expressed
their interest in being located at
the redeveloped Loxton Research
Centre, including from outside the
region," he said.
"We have $7.5 million for the
Loxton Research Centre redevelop-
ment, which is actually about mak-
ing sure that the region is able to
adapt and thrive through the Murray-
Darling Basin Plan implementation
"What we are looking for is a sus-
tainable centre, that has both a local
and international vision for the future
of agriculture and water resource
management in the region."
Mr Fee said it was still unknown
how much work would be under-
taken on the building.
"It looks like we are going to have
to do some 'bricks and mortar work',
for example a conference facility,"
"But, whether it is that plus a full
redevelopment of the actual build-
ing, we aren't sure."
A regional consultative reference
group was formed in September,
with over 20 people taking part.
From there, a "more management
focused" group was formed, which
"largely overlaps" with the regional
consultative reference group.
"We recognised that we needed to
have a more management focused
group to advise Primary Industries
and Regions SA (PIRSA) on what
we were going to do with the Loxton
Research Centre," Mr Fee said.
The Loxton Research Centre
Regional Development Management
Reference Group consists of three
community, three industry and three
government based members.
"We really appreciate the time that
people are putting into these various
groups. People are quite keen to be
involved which is much appreci-
ated," Mr Fee said.
The federal funding program
included $240 million for irrigation
industry improvements, as well as
$25 million for Regional Economic
The $25 million was divided
into three parts, with $7.5 million
going towards the Loxton Research
Centre's redevelopment, $12.5 mil-
lion for a grants program to support
regional development and innova-
tion in the region, and another $5
million for South Australian indus-
try-led applied research.
Mr Fee said it was "without doubt"
that the funding would do great
things for Loxton and surrounding
"You get dollars flowing through-
out the system. You get about $3
reinvested for every $1 invested by
the government," he said
"So really, that quarter of a billion
dollars will probably result in around
a billion dollars' worth of economic
activity in the region," he said.
He said while it might not seem
as though much is happening at the
Loxton Research Centre, the com-
munity could expect to see works
"The actual on-site construction
is not likely to commence until well
into the 2014/15 financial year," he
"All of the preparations and con-
sultation to make sure we get the
right facility is what is going on at
Focussing spending on "frontline
services" was a key strategy of
State Shadow Minister Duncan
McFetridge during his two-day
tour of the Riverland last week.
Dr McFetridge visited a number of
local providers, covering his portfolios
of mental health, disabilities, volunteers
Of a particular interest were the topics
of social housing, suicide prevention,
mental health and rural counselling ser-
"Unfortunately the tyranny of distance
is still a real issue for South Australians
(and in particular) delivering services,"
"The big issue for all South Australians
will be delivering the services, whether it
be through Government, private or volun-
"We've got to make sure that any mon-
ey that is available -- whether it is from
the state coffers or the GST -- is used for
the frontline services.
"We don't want it diluted off into large
"We want to make sure every cent goes
to where it's needed..."
Dr McFetridge said counselling ser-
vices were of particular importance, espe-
cially in areas such as the Riverland.
He said recent news on low grape prices
and fruit fly outbreaks, highlighted the
stresses local growers were under and
need for anxiety and depression support.
If elected to Government in March,
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has
announced that he will provide Lifeline
with $150,000 per year to assist in provid-
ing crisis support.
Mr Marshall also announced that he
would provide $350,000 per year for
not-for-profit organisations with a proven
history in self-harm and suicide preven-
tion to apply for grant funding to deliver
tailored awareness and risk assessment
While in the Riverland, Dr McFetridge
was hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone who said the visit was "impor-
tant" and offered the opportunity to meet
firsthand with "volunteers, whose gener-
ous contributions are vital to our com-
Frontline services focus
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CONTACT: 8584 7505
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
with Shadow Minister for Mental
Health, Disabilities, Volunteers and
Youth, Dr Duncan McFetridge at
the Loxton Orana Accomodation
Services site, at Bookpurnong Road.
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