Industry growth has a significant impact on population growth e.g. 20 new jobs can mean an increase of 60-80 people as they bring their families with them to the region. However, there are many underlying issues preventing industry growth and these vary across the RAMJO. These include; poor transport connectivity, digital connectivity, water and energy security, and a lack of suitable housing and lack of a skilled workforce.
Solutions to preserving and enhancing productivity in the face of a drier environment is critical to our economic future, particularly as we aim to gain access to overseas markets. The RAMJO region is well placed to lead innovations in this space.
The Regional Economic Development Strategies recommend a need to support a more diverse and resilient economy by attracting industries that are not impacted by seasonal conditions. They also recommend growing “value-adding” opportunities such as bringing processing to the region to complement production.
Growth areas are highlighted as agriculture, manufacturing, health and aged care.
A significant issue for the RAMJO is the outward migration of young people as they leave the region to gain training, education and
employment. Attention must be given to improving access to education, traineeships and job pathways across the region. This will require better relationships with schools, TAFEs, universities and employers.
Some of the other solutions to industry, jobs and employment growth may include stronger regional marketing strategies to industry, the removal of red tape, a reduction in costs and other enabling factors mentioned throughout the other priorities.
RAMJO will achieve: