The State Liberals have welcomed State Government support for expanding the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.
"This project highlights the need for Globelink - a generational upgrade of SA's freight export infrastructure," said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall today.
“Selling our first class food produce to the world is part of my agenda to deliver increased investment and jobs to reboot South Australia’s ailing economy and Globelink will turbocharge those opportunities.
“A generational upgrade of our freight export infrastructure will deliver our companies the competitive advantage they need to get our premium quality South Australian products to markets across the globe.
“A hungry world will see world food demand increase by 70 per cent by 2050 and much of that will occur in Asia, Globelink’s prime market.”
Water Minister Ian Hunter has explicitly linked the investment in the pipeline to international food markets:
‘This exciting proposal represents a huge economic opportunity for the State, with potential for significant local job creation and leveraging knowledge and access to international food export markets.’
‘The international focus of the proposal aims to get South Australian produce on supermarket shelves around the world and will mean local growers are not impacted and existing local markets continue to be supported.’ Ian Hunter Media Release September 16, 2016
“Our non-stop freight corridor will provide horticultural producers on the Northern Adelaide Plains with a direct connection to Globelink’s freight only airport at Murray Bridge,” said Mr Marshall.
“Globelink’s 24 hours a day 7 days a week operation will be free of curfew restrictions that will produce significant efficiencies and cheaper operating costs.
“South Australia’s share of national merchandise exports has shrunk from 7.3 per cent to 4.3 per cent over the past 15 years.”