An ambitious campaign has begun to promote a $4 billion “corridor” from Two Wells to Whyalla.
In Port Augusta yesterday morning, Regional Development Minister and Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock unveiled the state’s first economic “corridor”.
Jobs and investment will be lured by the state government in what Mr Brock says is a campaign of “massive” scope.
He said the “corridor” included abattoirs, hay exporting, wind farms, Port Augusta’s Sundrop tomato farm, the re-energised Nyrstar at Port Pirie and the revived and rebranded Liberty OneSteel steelworks at Whyalla.
“There is unlimited potential. It has all the ingredients for massive, massive growth. There is already $4 billion investment in the area,” he said.
He said up to 5000 jobs could be created in a $180 million extension of the Bolivar waste-water treatment plant to Two Wells and Virginia and possibly Balaklava.
This would produce 20 gigalitres of recycled water for use in growing crops.
Other projects include a venture at Two Wells similar to Sundrop as well as abattoirs and Port Augusta’s job-spinning solar-thermal plant.
He said cities such as Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie were key points in Australia because of their rail and road transport links. “The quality of lifestyle in the corridor is number one,” Mr Brock said.
He said the “corridor” would benefit from an extra 1500 jobs to be created at Roxby Downs uranium-copper mine in the outback.
“At the top of the ‘corridor’ are vast resources of copper and other minerals,” he said.
Mr Brock spoke at the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference in Port Augusta on Wednesday.
“The ‘corridor’ is poised to become one of the nation’s most vibrant and successful food production areas and an important manufacturing and processing hub with associated energy, transport and support industries,” he said.