Pictured (From Left to Right); Greg Sarre (Mount Barker District Council), Mark Przibilla (City of Victor Harbor), Steve Shotton (Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island), Mel Bright (Adelaide Hills Council), Mel Rankin (FABRIK), Lisa O’Donoghue (Alexandrina Council), Trevor Bennett (Primary Industries & Regions South Australia), Brett Mayne (Adelaide Hills Council), Graeme Martin (Southern & Hills Local Government Association) and Lisa Pearson (Yankalilla Council)

Adelaide Hills Council hosted the Hills & Coast Economic Development Network earlier this week. Director of FABRIK, Mel Rankin provided the group with a tour of the Fabrik site, sharing history, challenges and opportunities along the way. Following recent funding under Building Better Regions, the site will truly come to fruition as a collaborative, educational and inspiring arts, heritage and community venue. The site is multi-functional and its community importance was never more evident as the location of the Cudlee Creek Bushfire recovery centre.

The purpose of the Economic Development Network is to address issues of common interest in the areas of economic development and the advancement of regional economic development principles throughout the RDA AHFKI area, specifically to:

  • Identify, prioritise, and support the advancement of regional infrastructure projects.
  • Share, strategise and act on regional issues and opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration to benefit economic development of the region.

The group comprises economic development representatives from all of our councils as well as representatives from the Southern and Hills Local Government Association and Regions SA. The activities of the network go a long way to improve shared knowledge amongst members as well as helping to inform RDA AHFKI’s strategic priorities.