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Grain growers produce 11m tonne
SOUTH Australia’s grain growers
have delivered a record-breaking
grape harvest, enough to fill the
Adelaide Oval to the top of the
highest stand more than 15 times.
Grain growers have produced 11.1
million tonnes in 2016/17.
The harvest beats the previous
record, set five years ago, by 0.8 mil-
The State Government says this
allays earlier concerns grain growers
would experience higher losses from
SA’s extreme weather conditions in
The grain industry is one of
the largest export industries in
South Australia and a significant
contributor to the state’s food
and agricultural exports – which
generated $4.6 billion in 2015/16.
The value of this latest grain crop
is worth around $2.2 billion at the
and JANE KUERSCHNER
A RIVERLAND CEO hopes
local contractors will be engaged
when a $1 billion project solar
storage facility – outlined
in yesterday’s shock State
Government announcement – is
built in the region.
Premier Jay Weatherill
announced the “world’s biggest”
solar storage facility would be
built in Morgan by national com-
pany Lyon Group in response to
the state’s recent power crisis.
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie chief executive officer
Peter Ackland said the Riverland
Solar Storage project, which is
set to create 270 jobs during its
construction, would have “signif-
icant employment opportunities”
for locals and positive “flow-on
effects” for the Riverland.
“We welcome the news with
open arms,” he said.
“If council is approached for
support... (even though) it is not
in our council area... we would
be keen to work with the State
Government and the developer
to do whatever we can do to help
“The more opportunity we
have for local employment
opportunities the better it is, so
we would be hoping that will
be an element of what is being
Construction is set to begin in
June this year and the facility is
expected to be operational by this
Mid Murray Council Mayor
Dave Burgess said the project
sounded like a “great opportu-
nity” for the region.
He said he looked forward to
meeting with the project devel-
“Hopefully we can negotiate
a way for local contractors to be
a part of the project,” said Mr
“When we have major devel-
opments in our council region we
certainly lobby strongly for local
input and local contractors and
“Hopefully with a job on that
scale the businesses will collabo-
rate with each other and get a big
slice of the pie.
“There will be 270 people
working on the project. They’ll
obviously have time off, so hope-
fully they get out and discover
our region and come back at the
end of the project with their fami-
Mid Murray Council chief
executive officer Russell Peate
said the development would have
a positive effect on the Morgan
“Not only will it create
employment but it will have a
lot of other beneficial aspects,
including larger school enrol-
ments, an increased number of
Country Fire Service (CFS) and
ambulance volunteers and create
a higher population and participa-
tion in sporting clubs,” he said.
Lyon Group partner David
Green said the Morgan-based
facility would house battery stor-
age systems larger than any cur-
rently operating in the world.
“Riverland Solar Storage’s
330MW solar generation and
100MW battery storage system
will be Australia’s biggest solar
farm, with 3.4 million solar pan-
els, and will also include 1.1 mil-
lion batteries,” he said.
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone welcomed the news
and said he encouraged “all pri-
vate investment in the Riverland”.
“The Riverland is an extreme-
ly attractive place for investment,
particularly in the solar indus-
try, and we have seen an increas-
ing interest in this area in recent
years,” he said.
Solar facilities typically
require little maintenance once
the build phase is complete.
A $1 billion solar energy storage facility will be built in Morgan in the coming months and create 270 jobs
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