A Marshall Liberal Government will undertake a business case and develop detailed plans for a state-of-the-art Wine and Food Centre to be established in the Riverland.
The state-of-the-art centre is envisaged to be a major tourist attraction, showcasing the Riverland’s growing premium food and beverage options, including wine, craft beer, spirits and cider.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said a Riverland Wine and Food Centre is a key part of his vision for the future of the region.
"Our tourism industry is a growing economic driver in the region and a state-of-the-art Riverland Wine and Food Centre would be a major drawcard for visitors," said local Liberal Member Tim Whetstone.
"It is envisaged that visitors will be able to experience a taste of the Riverland through the centre, as well as promoting local tourism, and cellar door opportunities.
"We want to grow the number of visitors coming to the Riverland who will spend more money in the region and support more local jobs.
"Many visitors to the Riverland are passing through or have limited time to visit multiple wineries, so the Wine and Food Centre will provide an introduction to what the region has to offer with the view that visitors are likely to return.
"The Riverland’s wine and food industry is vital for tourism, and tourism is a key economic generator and employer in the region.
"This is an exciting concept and one which I believe will attract visitors from across the world and grow the Riverland’s reputation for premium wine and food.
"I look forward to working collaboratively with key stakeholders and the local community to put together a business case and develop detailed plans for a state-of-the-art Riverland Wine and Food Centre if elected under a Marshall Liberal Government."