Jobs and investment for SA River Murray businesses

Media Release


04 November 2015

Joint release with:

Geoff Brock

SA Minister for Regional Development
SA Minister for Local Government

More than 50 jobs will be created along South Australia's River Murray through funding offers of more than $3.3 million from the Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF), as part of the Australian Government's $265 million South Australia River Murray Sustainability Programme (SARMS).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the investment will underpin development and diversification opportunities for River Murray enterprises.

“The RDIF Rounds Two and Three were run in a way to ensure applications from smaller, innovative entities are assessed in a separate pool to larger projects, and we called for these projects through different rounds to ensure appropriate assessment of like-for-like projects,” Mr Truss said.

“Successful RDIF Round Two applicants include projects by Todiam Freightlines Pty Ltd, JMA Engineering Pty Ltd, AM & JL Buckley and Nippy's Waikerie Producers Pty Ltd. Successful Round Three projects include Tri State Graphics Pty Ltd, Thornby Pty Ltd and Padaley Pty Ltd.”

South Australian Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said the funding offers will help drive regional economic development by creating more than 50 new jobs through these projects.

“In the case of Todiam Freightlines Pty Ltd, more than $965,000 in funding will help expand their transport operations with a new facility,” Mr Brock said.

“This state-of-the-art new facility, and the productivity improvement it will achieve, will increase both employment and vehicle fleet numbers and increase Riverland exports.

“Padaley Pty Ltd will use more than $116,000 in funding to create a Village Lodge for recreational tourism accommodation at the former Lyrup Primary School site.

“A funding offer of $500,000 to Berri-based JMA Engineering will mean the company can upgrade its manufacturing equipment for stainless steel storage vessels to meet a new niche demand.

“The lamb industry in the Riverland is receiving a solid boost with funding offers of over $488,000 to AM & JL Buckley and of $250,000 to Thornby Pty Ltd for their premium lamb feedlot upgrades.

“A funding offer of $400,000 will allow iconic South Australian brand Nippy's to upgrade to high-end digital technologies that will open up lucrative new markets for them.

“More than $360,000 has been offered to Renmark's Tri State Graphics for the expansion of their workshop capacity and a reduction in their environmental footprint by investment in water and energy management systems.”

Mr Brock said the RDIF had already provided $4.8 million through Round One to develop a diverse range of regional projects including the establishment of an industrial precinct as part of the Tailem Bend Motorsport Park, a world class post-secondary education network and accommodation for seasonal workers.

The RDIF is part of the $25 million Regional Economic Development element of SARMS.

The Fund was conceived through the Water Industry Alliance's River Murray Improvements Program proposal, and agreed to as part of South Australia's contribution to the Basin Plan package negotiated in 2012.

For further information about the program, please visit