THE SOUTH Australian government is to issue a tender for the project management and consultation for the first to stages of the GlobeLink Master Plan.
State transport and infrastructure minster Stephan Knoll said Stage 1 of the Master Plan involves problem and opportunity identification and assessment, and Stage 2 would see option development, assessment and shortlisting.
“Given the scale of this initiative, the Master Plan will be developed as part of a multi-stage planning study with a tender for the remaining stages to be issued following the completion of these works,” he said.
“As part of the process an industry reference group will be formed that will consist of peak freight, road and rail industry bodies, the primary production sector, local government and a number of other stakeholders. This group will ensure we have a thorough and robust consultation process and have a broad cross section of industry around the table.”
Mr Knoll said GlobeLink was about growing South Australia’s capacity to export our premium produce to the world.
“South Australia produces some of the best food and beverage in the world and we have a capacity to increase our primary production output, increase exports and bring more dollars into our economy,” he said.
“GlobeLink will make road and rail freight more efficient and give South Australian businesses better access to lucrative export markets.”
Meanwhile, the state government is seeking a regional director to lead the new South Australian office in Shanghai and oversee its activities across China.
State minister for trade David Ridgway said the regional director in Shanghai would be pivotal in establishing South Australia’s deeper, longer-term engagement with China, as the state looks to grow its trade and cultural ties with its largest two-way trading partner.
“The Marshall Government will open new South Australian offices in key commercial centres across the globe – centres where we can assist our successful exporters to expand whilst also assisting new players to make their mark,” Mr Ridgway said.
“Clearly China is a priority location, but there is also a staged approach planned for offices in the United States, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.
“This staged approach and initial focus on the new Shanghai office will allow us to refine and sharpen how we service South Australia’s export community.”