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The Murraylands and Riverland is a vibrant, resilient region bursting with opportunity.
Raise a family, pursue a career, relaxation or invest in business and property.

The Opportunity

This River Change page exists to help you learn about our industries, explore job opportunities and give you a taste of the lifestyle benefits of living in the region.

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The Community

Raise a family, pursue a career, relaxation or invest in business and property. The Murraylands & Riverland covers an area of 36,720 square kilometres in the central eastern part of South Australia following the Murray River and adjacent Murray Mallee to the Victorian border. The regional population of 68,989 people represents 4.2% of the state’s population. Population is centralised around the larger towns of Murray Bridge, Renmark, Loxton, Berri, Barmera, Waikerie and Mannum.

The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and a relatively mild winter. The Murraylands is only 45 minutes from the Adelaide CBD and the Riverland is just over 2 hours north east of Adelaide and 90 minutes west of Mildura. The region is well equipped with excellent medical services, hospitals, schools and learning facilities, aged care facilities, service sectors, and shopping precincts.

Several state and federal government departments and services are located in centres of Murray Bridge and Berri including Medicare, Centrelink, Service SA and the region’s impressive Riverland General Hospital and Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Property prices are substantially lower than the South Australian median and offer a charming and eclectic mix of building and construction styles. Choose from wonderful stone villas, to modern open-plan homes or take advantage of the region’s buoyant housing construction industry and very reasonably priced land to build your dream home.

Sport

The Murraylands and Riverland has a strong and unique sporting culture with multiple turf ovals, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, netball courts, stadiums/ recreation centres and swimming pools across the region.

From juniors through to parents and seniors, many lifelong friendships have been formed as dedicated parents and players commute regularly across the region, in pursuit of competitive competition and friendly social interaction.

Attractions and Events

The region is also home to the famous Monarto Zoo – one of the largest open-range zoos in the world spanning more than 1,500 hectares and home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.

The Bend Motorsport Park currently under construction at Tailem Bend will be an exciting addition to the region as a state of the art world class motorsport facility.

Formerly the Mitsubishi testing track, the facility will become a multi purpose motorsport complex catering for international events, national series racing, grass roots club events and driver safety training. In addition to motorsport, the site will provide other top class facilities including retail, commercial, industrial and manufacturing, as well as a range of accommodation options.

There are more than 100 well organised events held throughout the year creating a regular buzz for both locals and visitors.

Relaxation and Leisure

The region has a community spirit to be proud of. The quality of life is greatly enhanced thanks to the countless volunteer hours that make many of our regional events, activities and services possible. There’s a host of opportunities for social interaction and community involvement and new faces are always welcome.

Time spent on or near the Murray River leaves a lasting impression and is the reason many people choose to make the Riverland and Murraylands their home. Locals take full advantage of the Murray spending weekends boating, skiing, socialising or just relaxing on the river bank with a fishing rod or good book.

Great local restaurants, hotels community clubs, sporting clubs and coffee shops offer a variety of choice for eating out.

Playgrounds and adventure parks found throughout the region offer hours of amusement.

The Industries

The Murraylands and Riverland region is the 3rd largest regional economy in South Australia. With over 6,100 local businesses, the region is the largest primary producer region in the state producing broad acre grains, livestock, horticulture, fruit, nuts, wine grapes, and value-adding processing and manufacturing. Situated on major road and rail freight routes to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Mount Gambier, there is huge potential in transport and logistics.

The region contributes conservatively $2.2B of the states estimated $15B gross food and production with focuses in the areas of fruit, milk, vegetable, meat and grain production and processing. The region is the state’s largest producer of wine grapes, potatoes and onions and hosts the largest family owned business in South Australia.

Key industries in the region include Agricultural products; Manufacturing including value adding primary products; Retail; Transport & Logistics; Tourism; and Health & Community Services.

The region‘s economy centres on primary production and processing for export, while tourism and services are also significant contributors. Murray Bridge, Berri and Renmark have important manufacturing and primary product processing roles. Principal industries include wine grapes, fruit and vegetables, grain crops, dairy, meat and livestock processing, seafood and aquaculture, and tourism.

Emerging industries include transport, value-adding industries, distribution and warehousing, manufacturing, environmental business, water resource management and re-use, mining and the intensive animal industry. Transport activities are linked to the focus on warehousing and distribution of wholesale goods, which is gaining in local economic momentum and paralleling South Australian and interstate initiatives and developments. Environmental business is a strong growth sector of the wider tourism industry. Water resources management has achieved national recognition and under-pins many other state-wide business activities.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing forms an important part of the regional economy with large scale industries such as Moore Engineering Pty. Ltd., Bowhill Engineering Pty. Ltd., The Newell Group Pty. Ltd., Horwood Bagshaw Ltd., and CPS Pipes Pty. Ltd., which operate in metal and composites fabrication serving regional agricultural and export markets around Australia and overseas.

Niche market manufacturers such as Cutting Edge Engineering Pty. Ltd. adapt the latest technology and C.N.C. machinery for specialised markets in regional Australia and overseas.

The requirements of the irrigation sector have resulted in innovative development in irrigation products and systems.

Demands of the tourist industry have brought significant expansion in houseboat construction enterprises such as Houseboat Concepts Pty. Ltd.

Cooke Plains Gypsum is a long standing mining enterprise in the Coorong region.

The Australian Zircon Mine at Mindarie has introduced a new opportunity for manufacturers and the Karoonda service sector. Diatomite has potential in Southern Mallee with coal deposits around Sedan and Moorlands a potential resource for the future. Cooperative business relationships assist tendering for projects outside the region.

Transport and Logistics

The region is ideally situated within close proximity to City of Adelaide, traversed by a network of highways from north-south, east-west to support a transport logistics industry.

Development of Murray Bridge/Tailem Bend corridor with high level infrastructure offers opportunity for a “State of the Art” transport hub with facilities for cargo transfer, driver accommodation and vehicle maintenance.

Similarly opportunities at the Monarto precinct could complement existing warehouse facilities making best use of road and rail links with potential for a regional airport.

Food Industry

More than 50% of the jobs in the Murraylands and Riverland region are directly or indirectly connected to the regional food industry.

The Murrayland s and Riverland region produces:

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Primary Production to Consumers

Grain Industry

There are a range of employment opportunities in the region within the Grain Industry. Large businesses in the region include Viterra, Ridley Agriproducts, and Lithgow Enterprises.

There are also a large number of smaller producers that produce grains including wheat, barley, canola, and lentils among other products for sale.

Advisory services for the agricultural industry are also available from companies such as Landmark, Elders, and Murraylands Ag.

The Companies

Bowhill Engineering

We work collaboratively with our clients and all project stakeholders to design, fabricate and install large complex structural steel for buildings/engineering constructions and specialist equipment manufacturers Australia wide.

Good, honest fabricators with impressive capabilities and an undeniably solid reputation!

A proud family business with country values, and professionalism that others envy.

Easy to work with, likable and confident with a definite willingness to go the extra mile to ensure the project is a success. We won’t let you down.

Website: www.boweng.com.au

Thomas Foods International

Our organisation began in 1988. Today, Thomas Foods International has annual revenue well in excess of $1 billion, and we’re Australia’s largest 100% family-owned meat-processing company.

However, we will never lose sight of our heritage. Our business operates with strong family values. We will always have deep respect for our South Australian roots – while we take on the world. We will always maintain our exacting standards – while we innovate and expand.

It’s about remembering the things that underpin everything we do…the quality of our livestock – and the dedication of our people. These are the real secrets to our success – and we’re extremely proud of both.

Website: thomasfoods.com

Costa Mushrooms

Costa is Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables.

Our produce is supplied to all the major Australian supermarket chains, as well as independent grocers and a range of food industry stakeholders. We also export to Asia, North America and Europe.

Costa Farms and Logistics operates wholesale markets for fresh produce and provides value added supply chain and logistics services. Specialists in heavy and complex engineering with a real flair for overcoming challenges, our committed and enthusiastic staff share a dynamic culture of continuous improvement and creative problem solving.

Website: costagroup.com.au/mushrooms

Inghams

Ingham’s is Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated poultry producer with a long standing reputation for quality and service.

Our business model is vertically integrated and includes 345 facilities and farms across Australia-New Zealand.

We’re also the second largest feed producer in Australia producing poultry, horse, dairy and pig feed at our eight Australian feedmills.

Our business is in the early stages of the next phase of its evolution following a long and proud history since it was founded as a family business in 1918.

Website: inghams.com.au

Big River Pork

Big River Pork, was established in 2001 and is a state of the art processing facility that manages pork production from the farm to retail.

The export accredited abattoir has the capacity to process over 20,000 pigs per week and has a workforce of 230 people.

Big River Pork acts as a service provider to four shareholders and other clients. The pork is boned or sent as carcasses for further processing; frozen pork offal is exported to many overseas countries and provides fresh packed pork offal for the Singapore market.

The purpose-built factory has undergone extensive expansions to its chiller capacity and boning room to increase efficiencies and processing potential.

Website: www.bigriverpork.com.au

Australian Portable Camps

Australian Portable Camps (APC) relocated to Monarto in South Australia in 2007 in order to accommodate business growth and diversify its product offering.

This location provides an effective distribution point to all states. APC facilities to incorporate an “end to end” manufacturing which ensures overall control of a product, from concept to completion.

All APC accommodation, offices, kitchens, laundries, wet-mess, and other buildings are designed in a modularised package to maximise and utilise space and efficiency, hence achieving the utmost comfort and productivity levels possible.

At APC we consider each project with its individual needs and requirements. We design and build every camp module specifically to suit the project and to exceed our client expectations.

Website: australianportablecamps.com.au

Kingston Estate Wines

A South Australian family-owned winery, celebrating 32 years of wine tradition and the 6th largest producer in Australia. Kingston Estate has 6,000 acres of own vineyards and sources from 12 premium wine producing regions. Kingston Estate encapsulates the very essence of what gives Australian, family-owned wineries their great reputations and hard earned success, generations of winemaking knowledge and traditions to craft stunning wines that showcase the very best of South Australia.

Employing over 150 people within South Australia throughout our Riverland Winery and Vineyard locations Kingston Estate offers varied career opportunities. To view or apply for current opportunities visit our careers page or contact Kylie Aspery, Human Resources Coordinator on 08 8583 0533 or email applications@kewines.com.au.

Website: kingstonestatewines.com

Almondco

Almondco Australia is one of Australia’s largest almond processing, packaging and marketing groups. Located at Renmark, South Australia, Almondco is globally recognised for supplying premium quality almond products since 1944.

More than 85% of Australia’s almond growers supply Almondco, making it one of the most successful horticultural co-operatives in the nation.

Almondco’s natural kernel is sort to some of the highest specifications in the world and its reputation for blanched meal and cuts is second to nones. More than 100 almond products are produced at its almond-exclusive processing facility in Renmark, South Australia.

Almondco has strategic partnerships with key food manufacturers, re-packers, retailers, wholesalers, food service and confectioners. Almondco has well established export markets across the globe.

Website: almondco.com.au

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