Two Wells and Barossa Region
Mallala / Two Wells Townships
Mallala is found to the west of the region adjacent to the Samphire Coast. Importantly, it is on the edge of Adelaide’s premium northern food bowl. It includes a diverse horticultural community of growers ranging from very small, low technology greenhouses growing crops such as tomatoes and eggplants, cucumbers and capsicums, and field crops such as potatoes and carrots, through to large, multi-million dollar hydroponic greenhouses.
Not only is there a broad spectrum of technology practised by these growers but there is also a wide diversity of cultural background including Cambodian, Vietnamese, Italian and Greek. The township of Two Wells / Mallala is expanding and the recent announcement of approval for the development of approximately 2,600 to 3,400 new dwellings provides a boost for investment in the area. This will drive significant community and economic development for the Mallala Region over the next decade. Two Wells and the District Council of Mallala offer many opportunities for workers and their families with their proximity to city facilities and the Barossa wine and tourism region whilst remaining, at heart, a rural town with a country quality of life.
The Barossa region (also known as Barossa Light and Lower North) is located approximately 70 km northeast of Adelaide with a total land area of 2,186 square kilometres (about 0.22% of the state). The region enjoys a mild climate, has an attractive agrarian landscape and numerous towns and small settlements. It supports a population of almost 67,000 people and is one of the fastest growing populations in South Australia, mainly due to the success of the wine industry, the range of employment opportunities and the high standard of living the region offers.
The Region contains four local government areas: Light Regional Council, The Barossa Council, District Council of Mallala and the Town of Gawler. Towns in the region include Roseworthy, Freeling, Kapunda, Greenock, Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Angaston, Lyndoch, Gawler, Hewett, Mallala, Two Wells, Williamstown and Mount Pleasant.
The region is the heart of Australia's foremost wine making state, with more than 20% of Australia's wine made in the region, contributing $660 million to the regional economy and 5,000 full time jobs, which represented 24 per cent of the regional total. The region also produces significant quantities of cereal, fruit, vegetables, forest products, pigs and poultry.
The region has strong in-ward population migration and has a larger than average concentration of younger people and a slightly smaller than average share of persons aged between 15 to 64 years. Over 48 per cent of all persons aged 15 or over held some form of non-school qualification with participation in tertiary education increasing by 9 per cent in recent years.
The top five contributors to total employment in the region are manufacturing, retail trade, agriculture, forestry, health and community services and education and training. The region has three country hospitals - Tanunda, Angaston and Kapunda, and one District hospital in Gawler. There are two colleges of Technical and Further Education (Nuriootpa and Gawler) and the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide which is known for its agricultural research, veterinary school and equine hospital.
The top five contributors to Gross Regional Product are;
- Ownership of dwellings,
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing,
- Property and business services, and;
- Building and construction.
Expenditure by tourists ($185m) contributed approximately 9 per cent of the total value of exports from the region. The major contributors to the value of ‘other exports’ from the region in 2011/12 were the manufacturing (70 per cent) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (11 per cent) sectors.
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