The Limestone Coast Region has significant water resources and prime agricultural land and is consequently a significant contributor to South Australia’s “Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment” state strategic priority. Agriculture, forestry and fishing is the largest industry in the region both in terms of gross value add, export value and employment. PIRSA estimates the value of the Limestone Coast’s major agricultural products to be:
- Beef cattle 20%, ($185 million);
- Sheep and lambs 14% ($135 million);
- Wine grapes accounted 13% ($120 million); and
- Milk Production 8% ($75 million).
Source: Limestone Coast Economic Diversification Report November 2012.
The time has come for these individual industries to work together to develop and promote the Limestone Coast’s premium food and wine offering to create economic diversification and employment opportunities in the region.