Joint Media Release: Game-changing funding for horticulture producers

South Australian producers will benefit from funding under Round 3 of the Federal Liberal Nationals Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Liberal National Government’s investment in local projects under Round 3 will help grow the economy and build a strong future for Australia’s regions.

“Apple & Pear Growers of SA Inc. will receive $400,000 to implement transformative technologies that will optimise orchard pumping and watering systems, and install infrastructure that will reduce energy consumption and costs,” Senator Ruston said.

“The Horticulture Coalition of SA will also receive $19,500 to develop a strategic plan to identify critical stages for future growth and development of horticulture in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula region.

“Our growers and producers will be at the cutting edge of technology, one step ahead, reducing business costs and improving environmental outcomes.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

“Today’s announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive,” Mr McCormack said.

Georgina Downer, the Liberal Candidate for Mayo, welcomed the news.

“The water development project will support the sustainability of the apple, pear and cherry industries, provide relief from rising energy costs and reduce growing pressure on these sectors,” she said.

The irrigation project will also include the installation and commissioning of solar technology including inverters and panels at 42 water pumping stations across 22 grower sites. The total development cost will be $1,027,600.

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