The RDA Murraylands & Riverland Inc (RDA M&R) is an area of 36,720 square kilometres in the central eastern part of South Australia covering the Murray River and adjacent Murray Mallee to the Victorian border. View the map of our region.
The Murraylands & Riverland regional economy is driven by primary production and value adding manufacturing. The region contributes conservatively $2.2B of the states estimated $15B gross food and production with focuses in the areas of fruit, milk, vegetable, meat and grain production and processing. The region is the state’s largest producer of wine grapes, potatoes and onions and hosts the largest family owned business in South Australia.
Key industries in the region include Agricultural products (23%); Manufacturing including value adding primary products (13.7%); Retail; Transport & Logistics; Tourism; and Health & Community Services.
The regional population of 68,989 people represents 4.2% of the state’s population. Between 2006 and 2011 the population decreased by 0.6 per cent primarily due to business downturn caused by the 2007-2010 drought. As of the 2011 Census the population of our region was 67,651 people. Population is centralised around the larger towns of Murray Bridge, Renmark, Loxton, Berri, Barmera, Waikerie and Mannum. Away from the river the populations are significantly lower. Current forecasts predict that by 2021 the population is expected to grow in the vicinity of 6.2 per cent.
For More information about a region please refer to the RDA Murraylands & Riverland Roadmap.