The Northern Adelaide Plains Food Cluster was set up in 2020 as an organisation that would help grow and develop the food industry within the Adelaide Plains region. A Collaborative Plan was developed that set the strategic direction of the group. In August 2021, a Cluster manager and a Strategist were appointed to begin driving the Cluster forward.
The notion of the Cluster is that a collaborative approach to development and growth of the industry provided greater strength to the cause. The Adelaide Plains covers the areas around Virginia, Dublin, Lower Light, Balaklava, Kapunda and Mallala, and everything in between. This region is very rich in the diversity of food, with a wide range of commodities, and a strong value add chain.
The region is also culturally diverse, with plans to build this into a key strength of the region via a food trail and food markets. Key areas of focus for the Cluster are Waste Management, Water, Labour, Regional Appearance, Regional Profile and Promotion as well as providing an Industry and Community Networking outlet. The structure of the Cluster will consist of a 7 person Committee of Management, with the AGM to be held on May the 12th at the Virginia Horticulture Centre at 4pm, to vote this Committee in.
In addition, an active Strategic Council will be the avenue for people to drive the ideas and initiatives that the Cluster will pursue. This group will be open for any members to be a part of. The Strategic Council is an opportunity to contribute ideas and initiatives that develop and improve the region, leading to improved efficiency, effectiveness and greater profits. Members can join the Cluster at no cost, with a membership drive currently underway.
If you would like to join, and have any queries, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.