The most comprehensive regional business survey conducted in South Australia has found owners and decision makers are being hampered by high electricity costs, lack access to appropriately skilled workers, want lower company and payroll taxes and are concerned about the high cost of labour.
An overwhelming majority of the biennial Business SA Regional Voice Survey respondents, 68 per cent, called for the State Government to develop a regional population growth strategy, calling for help to boost their communities.
The survey also found regional businesses were resilient, with confidence in South Australia’s economy growing by 55 per cent since Business SA’s last report in 2016 – rising from 83.6 index points to 129.8 points.
Business SA will use the survey results, which canvassed the challenges and opportunities facing the entire state, while advocating on their behalf when talking to local, state and federal government representatives, and those who shape policy.
Reliable telecommunications are also a concern, with 39 per cent across all regions either dissatisfied or strongly dissatisfied with mobile coverage.
The survey regions have been divided into the Barossa; Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale and Victor Harbor; Far North, Port Augusta and Whyalla; Eyre Peninsula; Lower & Mid North, Port Pirie and Yorke Peninsula; Kangaroo Island; South East; and Mount Barker, Murraylands, Riverland and Strathalbyn.
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To read the full report below which includes comprehensive data and summaries from the eight regions.