Project

Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative

Project name

Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative

Industry sector

Agriculture, food and beverage

Objectives

Description

The Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative will develop critical water infrastructure and improve market development to expand the region’s booming agribusiness and food sectors to drive employment and economic activity.

The Northern Adelaide Plains is one of Australia’s premier intensive food production areas, supplying fresh produce for the domestic and international markets and contributing approximately $250 million per annum to the South Australian economy.  The region includes nearly half of the state’s total vegetable industry employees.

The Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) Agribusiness Initiative, coordinated by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), currently includes three key projects:

In preparation for investment PIRSA has established the governance arrangements for the NAP Agribusiness Initiative and commenced planning with SA Water. An expression of interest has been released by SA Water to determine industry demand for the 20 GL of recycled water that will be made available and to seek a private partner to develop and manage the required infrastructure.

A submission has been made by the State Government to Infrastructure Australia to include the NAIS project on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List.

The potential of the NAIS has also been recognised in the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and will be presented for feasibility funding consideration by the Australian Government.

Estimated project value

$500 million – $1 billion

Commencement date

January 2016

Contact

Primary Industries and Regions SA
Mr Daniel Casement
Executive Director Rural Solutions
Phone 8429 0352
Web Northern Adelaide Plains Agribusiness Initiative