The State Liberals’ plans to support primary producers expanding into new markets and attracting more tourists to the region will be discussed as part of a two day visit to the Riverland by Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Development and Tourism David Ridgway.
By invitation from Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Ridgway will travel right across the Riverland meeting with community members and key industry stakeholders on January 16 and 17.
"I’m looking forward to again visiting the Riverland and speaking with industry leaders and the community about our plans to support primary producers, tourism operators and to grow the local economy and create jobs," said Mr Ridgway.
"The Riverland is really turning a corner with many of its horticultural industries, changing from a bulk provider to a premium value added product.
"From a tourism point of view, the Riverland has been really successful in many tourism awards and continues to diversify its offerings to tourists.
"Through the Recharging Our Regions comprehensive policy document, the State Liberals have outlined our approach to supporting regional communities, such as the Riverland, which the Weatherill Labor Government continues to neglect.
"Tim Whetstone is a hardworking and dedicated regional Member of Parliament who is constantly advocating on behalf of his region."
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said Mr Ridgway’s visit is important on the eve of the 2018 State Election.
"David has consistently visited the Riverland and the meetings and conversations he has had with people on the ground in the region have assisted in forming policy to support our primary producers and our tourism operators," said Mr Whetstone.
"The Riverland’s pest free area recognition in China and Free Trade Agreements have opened up huge opportunities for Riverland growers and while the benefits are flowing, with better policy settings I believe we can further capitalise on opening new doors to international markets."