Encompassing an area of approximately 12676 square
kilometres, the Yorke Region is centred around several agricultural
business centres including Balaklava, Kadina, Maitland, Minlaton,
Yorketown, Port Broughton, Blyth, Snowtown, Mallala, Two Wells and
The Yorke Region has an estimated resident population
of approximately 40734 (2006), with strong growth being recorded
in coastal areas. Between 2004 & 2005 the Yorke Region experienced
a 0.9% growth in population compared with the States increase of
Compared with the aged distribution of the State
as a whole, the Yorke Region has a higher than average concentration
of people aged 0 - 14 and 65 years and over.
Although projected population change from 2000
to 2010 as shown in the ABS Regional Profile 2000 edition indicates
a decrease, more recent figures show that the District Councils
of the Copper Coast, Mallala and Barunga West have had significant
population increases since 1996 and anecdotal evidence is that since
2001 the downward trend in the Wakefield Regional Council area has
stopped due to the employment opportunities via the Balco and Primo
developments at Bowmans and Port Wakefield and further expansion
of current industry and the spread north by Metropolitan Adelaide
and expansion in neighbouring Council areas such as Clare and Mallala.
The area covered by the Yorke Regional Development
Board is virtually surrounded by sea with the Spencer Gulf on the
west side and Gulf St Vincent on the east. This Region has access
to export outlets with bulk handling shipping facilities at Ardrossan
and Port Giles (Deep Sea). The Bowmans Patrick PortLink SA container
terminal located at Bowmans is South Australia’s only intermodal
freight facility with access to the state rail network that connects
the grain silos at Balaklava. Owen, Nantawarra Long Plains and Mallala
to Adelaide. The Bowmans site has container loading facilities.
The Region is served by well developed transport
and communication networks with the main roads sealed and well maintained
minor gravel roads. There is no rail service for freight or passengers
on the Peninsula or the Wakefield and Adelaide Plains, however,
the Wakefield and Adelaide Plains are traversed by the national
Sydney - Perth line as well as by the state rail network.
Recent upgrades to telecommunications infrastructure
mean that wireless broadband is accessible in all major towns on
the Yorke Peninsula and will be of a similar standard across the
Adelaide Plains by April 2008.
The region is rich in agriculture and marine resources.
A valuable extension of agriculture is the potential processing
ventures, that is value adding by producers and businesses in the
Region, producing agricultural machinery and equipment, transport
equipment and human foods and animal food processors. In recent
years the Yorke Region has experienced growth in Hay processing
and exporting via companies such as Balco Australia who have 15%
of the Australian Hay export market.
Expansion of the Pt Wakefield Abattoirs by Primo
Australia has seen the abattoir being transformed into a high tech
export pig processing facility employing over 360 people, with further
expansion being planned employment at this facility could increase
to approximately 500.
The traditional industry base of the Adelaide
Plains has changed in the past 10 years from being reliant on broad
acre farming to a much broader base including, intensive farming
and animal husbandry i.e. pig and poultry farming, feed lots and
horticulture including olives and organic produce and it is recognised
as a wine region in its own right.
Horticulture is a rapidly developing industry
in the Adelaide Plains, with an enormous glass house producing 20%
of the State’s tomato crop located at Two Wells. The Adelaide
Plains horticulture blueprint has been undertaken for future development
as Adelaide’s urban fringe drives this industry further past
the Gawler River.
The Adelaide livestock markets at Dublin have
expanded to include cattle along with sheep and pigs.
The region has a healthy fishing industry, which
supports general fishing, crayfish, crab and oyster enterprises.
The two largest Australian Salmon licences are held in this Region.
Aquaculture is one of South Australia's newly
emerging industries and its economic potential is significant.
The Aquaculture industry is still very much in
the fledgling stages, with 30 aquaculture operators directly involved
within this industry in the Yorke Region. There is also potential
for interested groups to establish other aquaculture operations
in the Yorke Region.
Significant extractive industries exist in the
Region; these include limestone, dolomite, gypsum and sand. High
quality salt is harvested, processed and packaged at Cheetham Salt
situated at Price, and this is the only food grade salt producer
in Southern Australia. Salt is also harvested at Penrice along with
sand mining for glass making. A new mine has also been developed
at Kulpara in recent years.
The Region now has a thriving energy industry
with the State’s largest wind farm located at Edithburgh,
with a second and larger farm to begin construction near Snowtown
early in 2007.
The Yorke Region is the 4th most visited region
in the state behind Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone
Coast. In the 12 months ending March 2003, Yorke Peninsula was visited
by 457,000 South Australians (compared with 417,000 in March 2002
and 32,000 interstate visitors (compared with 23,000 in March 2002).
The quality of the natural environment and the
temperate climate are attractors for both residents and visitors.
Caravan and camping parks comprise a major element of visitor accommodation.
The Innes National Park at the South West tip of the Yorke Peninsula
covers an area of 9,600 hectares and attracts in excess of 150,000
visitors per year.
In recent months a new link has been created with
the Eyre Peninsula with SeaSA developing a ferry service between
Wallaroo and Lucky Bay.
As a result of the growth occurring throughout
the region many new residential developments are being undertaken
in areas such as Balaklava, Blyth, Pt Vincent, Kadina, Pt Hughes,
and Moonta Bay and a 2700 residential water front allotment, retail
and service centre being planned for Pt Wakefield.
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Action or lack of action should not be based on this information.
Seek appropriate professional advice on your individual circumstances
because laws and regulations affecting you are affected by your
circumstances and change frequently. Yorke Regional Development
Board accepts no responsibility for any consequences of anyone acting
on or refraining from acting on, information contained on this website.