Healthy Sustainable Regional Development Health Lens

The Healthy Sustainable Regional Development health lens is a collaborative project between the Health in All Policies Unit, SA Health and the Policy and Economics Division, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE).*

Healthy sustainable regional communities

Sustainable regional development is inherently linked to better health outcomes for communities. 

A healthy community is one that is continually creating and improving the physical and social environments, and expanding on community resources which enable people to reach their maximum potential. 

By balancing the interests of the economy, environment and community, and the social goals to achieve equitable, liveable and viable communities, it is possible to create the conditions which lead to healthy places supporting healthy people and a healthy productive workforce.

About the project

The aim of the Healthy Sustainable Regional Communities project is to support DMITRE in the attainment of the South Australia’s Strategic Plan Target 41: Minerals exploration and Target 42: Minerals production and processing by positioning communities in the Upper Spencer Gulf to capitalise on opportunities presented by the proposed expansion of the resources sector in the region, and Federal Government investment in regional Australia and the National Broadband Network.

This will be done by identifying mechanisms and strategies which will improve the health, sustainability and economic positioning of communities in the Upper Spencer Gulf. Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a key partner in this project and work is underway to develop Regional Wellbeing Profiles of the Far North, Yorke and Mid North, and Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula RDA regions, for use in future planning and policy development.

Seven cabinet strategic priorities

The project supports South Australia’s strategic priority ‘Realising the benefits of the Mining Boom for all South Australians’.

South Australia’s strategic plan target

  • T41: Minerals exploration – exploration expenditure in South Australia to be maintained in excess of $200 million per annum until 2015.
  • T42: Minerals production and processing – increase the value of minerals production and processing to $10 billion by 2020.

* Until October 2011, the lead agency for the mining targets was the former Primary Industries and Resources SA and as a consequence, early negotiations around this project were conducted with Corporate Strategy and Policy, PIRSA.