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The Courier Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -- PAGE 9
By Genevieve Cooper
A long-running campaign
for a northern bypass for
rail freight has hit a political
brick wall, Adelaide Hills
Councillors have been told.
The head of Regional
Development Australia (RDA) in
the region told a recent meeting
that he had received a negative
response when he raised the
project with Federal MP Jamie
Briggs last year.
"Minister Briggs' response to
me was not in my lifetime'," said
Damien Cooke, the executive
officer of RDA Adelaide Hills,
Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island.
He was responding to a
question from Councillor Kirrilee
Boyd who asked him what the
RDA was doing to promote the
northern freight rail bypass.
The RDA is tasked with
delivering new jobs and
investment in the region and
is funded by three tiers of
government, including $246,000
from the six councils in its area.
Mr Cooke was giving his annual
presentation to the Adelaide
He told Cr Boyd that he had
suggested a user pays toll system
for the bypass but Mr Briggs had
questioned where he would find
Mr Briggs, the Assistant
Minister for Infrastructure
and Regional Development,
told The Courier that the State
Government set infrastructure
priorities in SA and it was
focused on South Road not a
northern rail bypass.
"So long as the South Australian
Government does not consider
the project a priority it will never
go ahead," he said.
they have indicated to me that
they are not interested in the
Northern rail bypass
campaign grinds to halt
By Genevieve Cooper
Four leading food producers in the Hills
that won nearly $660,000 worth of State
Government grants revealed the fruits of
their labors yesterday.
Ceravolo Orchards in Ashton, Joyson
Orchards at Gumeracha and Australian Pure
Fruits at Lobethal each received $200,000 from
the first round of regional development funding
while Emmaline's Country Kitchen at Lobethal
They added the money to their own investment
in major infrastructure projects ranging from
upgrading a processing line to installing
Their grants came from the Regional
Development Fund which Independent MP and
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
expanded from $1.6m to $15m as part of the
deal he brokered with Premier Jay Weatherill
to form a Labor Government at the 2014 State
The fund is designed to generate economic
growth, new investment and jobs.
Minister Brock visited all four Hills projects
yesterday, starting with Ceravolo Orchards
which used its grant to help pay for a high tech
digital blemish grader for fruit, mainly apples,
and a new mezzanine floor for storage.
The new grader -- which started operating in
February -- is expected to create 16 new jobs
by 2019 and ensure the job security of the 32
people already employed at the plant.
Orchard manager and company director Joe
Ceravolo said the company was at maximum
capacity before the "faster and more accurate"
grader arrived but now the company could
eventually double its capacity.
"Grants like this help us think about the next
project with a more positive attitude," he said.
Minister Brock said there were many
innovative people with "great ideas" for value
adding projects in regional SA.
"I do get excited when I see these projects ...
I'm seeing great things everywhere I'm going,"
Hills fruit and vegetables
The Minister also visited Emmaline's Country
Kitchen to see the new blast freezer and
storage freezer expected to increase product
turnover and improve access to interstate and
The next stop was Australian Pure Fruits
which has spent more than $700,000 upgrading
existing equipment and installing new
equipment so it can produce a new range of
drinks using Hills fruit and vegetables.
The last visit was an inspection of Joyson
Orchards' Gumeracha holdings where the
company is spending $4.5m redeveloping an
abandoned vineyard it bought a few years ago.
The fruit producer is using the grant to build
a containment dam and install a pump to store
treated, recycled water from the on-site SA
Water plant servicing the town of Gumeracha.
Having a reliable water source will allow the
company to plant another 10ha and secure
its plans to grow apples, cherries and grapes
on the land and to develop a "pick your own"
Ceravolo Orchards operations manager Nathan Vince, left, and company director Joe Ceravolo,
right, shows Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock some of the blemished fruit detected by the
company's new digital grading machine. The company received a $200,000 State Government grant to
part-fund the project.
Bright future for business
ratepayers will face a 3.1%
rate increase from July
under the council's draft
The proposed rate rise is the
lowest average increase in
15 years and a 2% reduction
from the 5.1% increase flagged
for the coming financial year
in the council's long term
Mayor Keith Parkes said
the council was mindful
of the future challenges
and continuing economic
uncertainty facing the district.
"The draft plan reflects our
commitment to supporting
growth in the Alexandrina
region, while continuing to
provide the best possible mix
of services, infrastructure and
facilities," he said.
been released for public
Key projects include the
renewal of the rotunda and
stone wall in the Strathalbyn
Soldiers Memorial Gardens,
while $1.2m is proposed to be
spent on the footpath and kerb
A total of $3.7m is proposed to
be spent on the road network,
including $1.6m on sealed road
expansion and renewals, while
a further $1.9m is planned for
unsealed road re-sheeting.
Major projects proposed
include the $6.85m for
construction of the Regional
Aquatic Centre in Hayborough.
Alexandrina Council cuts planned rate rise
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