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State Government urged to kickstart regional development with Two Wells pilot project
Paul Starick, Sunday Mail (SA)
January 6, 2018 7:59pm
THE State Government is being urged to kickstart regional development by funding a pilot project at Two Wells predicted to create thousands of jobs and $800 million in economic activity.
Adelaide Plains Council and an Adelaide-based economist are urging the area become a model development for a Two Wells to Whyalla development strategy unveiled last October.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the 340km stretch would become South Australia’s first designated economic corridor and, as such, a focal point for increased investment and employment.
Hudson Howells economist Phill Hudson, who has prepared a report for Two Wells, 40km north of Adelaide, said the area could bring together government plans with proposed private sector investments.
These include a B12 Lutheran College, retirement village, horticultural research centre, farmers’ market and retirement village.
The third stage of a $1.2 billion residential project at Two Wells, being developed by Land Australia of the Hickinbotham Group of Companies, was released last month.
Mr Hudson said combining private sector investment with government support would accelerate the projects.
“At this stage the Government isn’t pledging anything but the private sector is looking at about $800 million worth of investment over 10 to 20 years in that region,” Mr Hudson said. “So, with government support, which could be in the form of infrastructure assistance or grants, that $800 million and the jobs associated with that could be brought forward by about five years.”
Adelaide Plains mayor Tony Flaherty said the area was capitalising on being 30 minutes from the city and becoming a destination for families, business and investment.
“Any pilot initiative to kickstart 2W2W must commence with the low-hanging fruit and that is Two Wells. As our CEO wrote to Minister Brock recently, 2W2W provides a unique two-way partnership opportunity. Let’s make it happen,” he said.
The council’s chief executive officer, James Miller, said the region could become the epicentre of Australia’s food bowl, in an export sense, backed by water harvested from Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“Leveraging off the food bowl, facilitating residential growth, enabling retail, educational, commercial and recreational opportunities to unfold, that must be our collective focus,” he said.
A State Government spokesman said private sector investment was supported, and encouraged proponents to apply through a regional development fund.
“The State Government has invested heavily in the Northern Adelaide area through the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme and the Northern Adelaide Food Park, and through infrastructure such as the Northern Expressway and Northern Connector projects — all of which are creating local jobs,” he said.
“We have also supported the expansion of a number of local businesses through the Future Jobs Fund, including Perfection Fresh, which has been awarded $2 million ... to construct a new $38.9 million, 8.2ha glasshouse and expand their operations at Two Wells, creating 200 jobs.”
So after the government moves that developers need to pay for greenfields infrastructure themselves, they come crying poor to the government asking for money to build, you guessed it, infrastructure. If the demand is there, the market should pay the infrastructure, this industry does not need more subsidies. Neither should we encourage even more sprawl and low density, high car use remote suburbs.