Regional Development Australian Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) were pleased to be invited by the District Council of Wudinna to attend a recent community business forum and discuss current regional and global economic trends and how they may affect the Wudinna community into the future.
“Since 2001 we have seen significant changes in Eyre Peninsula’s economy and employment, such as a 19% reduction in employment in agriculture and a 39% increase in jobs in health and community services. It’s vital that we recognise these current employment, economic and population trends and work with communities to find localised solutions within a strategic regional economic development context that will ensure a vibrant future,” said Mr Dion Dorward, CEO, RDAWEP.
RDAWEP has been working hard across Government, business and communities to help remove impediments to regional and local economic growth such as energy, water, transport and major infrastructure. RDAWEP have also focused significant resources on driving new investment aimed at diversifying local economies and reducing the risk of reliance on a single economy in our regional cities and communities.
“It was pleasing to see so many local businesses attend the workshop, we need to continue to work with communities and businesses to diversify local economies, value-add to our regions world-class products, adapt to new technology and bring new opportunities and investment into the region,” said Dorward.
RDAWEP is working with a number of companies looking to innovate and invest in the fields of renewable energy, intensive agriculture and horticulture, mining and tourism in the Wudinna area.