Claudia and Rachid Ait-Touati (Murraylands / Riverland region) and Mary and Javier Centenera (Mallala region) Stories
After feeling trapped in their home country of Holland, Claudia and Rachid decided it was time to realise Claudia’s childhood dream of moving to Australia. A migration agent advised them they would not be granted an Australian working visa. They didn’t have much money in the bank. If they couldn’t work they wouldn’t last long. But they decided to try their luck. They packed five bags, their young family and headed to Australia on a tourist visa.
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Visit the Murraylands and Riverland Regions
Whether you want to relax on a leisurely houseboat holiday, explore the backwaters and creeks of Australia’s greatest waterway or simply drop a line and enjoy a spot of fishing, the region is the place to relax and rejuvenate.
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Murraylands Largest Food Producers
The ten member companies range from the largest employer in the state with 2000 workers in the meat processing industry, to farming operations which produce a variety of horticultural products, to value adding food manufacturers, packers, processors, wholesalers and retailers, all of whom combine to generate local jobs in the region and to service a significant part of South Australia’s (and in some cases, the nation’s) food needs.
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Murraylands / Riverland Region
The Murraylands and Riverlands region of South Australia extends across 36,720 square kilometres and is home to approximately 69,000 people. The region’s largest town is Murray Bridge, located on the River Murray, Australia’s largest river. Other major river townships include Berri, Renmark and Loxton.
The Mallee, as it is known, is the centre of the region’s dry-land farming activities with the towns of Karoonda, Lameroo and Pinaroo servicing the farm population across this area. Economic activity in the region centres on primary production and, in particular, broad-acre grain farming, livestock production, horticultural activities such as growing fruit and nuts, and wine grape production.
The region’s facilities include 73 schools, 3 Technical and Further Education Colleges, 12 hospitals and a Rural Medical Training Centre operated by the Flinders University of South Australia. The region’s diverse multi-cultural community includes people from South Africa, India, the Philippines, China, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Bhutan and the Sudan. Most have been attracted to this region through Australia’s Skilled Migration program.
The major areas of employment in the region include;
- Agriculture 19.2%
- Health Care & Social Assistance 12.7%
- Manufacturing 9.6%
- Retail 9%
- Education & Training 7.4%
- Construction 5.7%
Currently, there is a demand for skilled workers in a range of industries including intensive animal production, horticulture and manufacturing as well as opportunities in the provision of professional services.
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