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Invest in Penola Coonawarra

Penola and Coonawarra are highly productive and innovative adjoining regional towns centrally located in the Wattle Range Council area of the Limestone Coast, approximately half-way between Adelaide (400km) and Melbourne (500km).

Established in the 1840s, the townships of Penola and Coonawarra were built upon the ‘Penola Fruit Growing Colony’ now known as the world-renowned Coonawarra wine region. Along with an extensive grape and wine industry, rural land is largely used for sheep and cattle grazing, broadacre crops, horticulture, timber production and milk powder production. Our region is largely characterised by fertile soils, lush green grass, reliable rainfall and significant good-quality groundwater resources.

The adjoining towns are close to major regional centre (50km), Mount Gambier (population around 23,500), which has a strong economy based on agriculture and timber processing, a wide range of educational, retail and commercial facilities and services, and extensive infrastructure including a regional airport.

Steeped deep in history and the arts, nestled amongst our highly productive and picturesque landscape and home to some of the most exquisite produce and wine on the planet, Penola and Coonawarra offer visitors a busy food, music and cultural scene. The towns central location in the region, which includes under an hours drive to stunning coastline or a 25 minute drive to the world-heritage listed Naracoorte Caves makes an ideal destination to stay in comfort and explore as a destination in its own right, or for travellers driving through from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road.

With a population of over 3000 the adjoining towns have three schools, one childcare centre, a hospital, doctors clinic, chemist, dentist, physiotherapist, two gyms, hardware store, newsagent, industrial supplies stores, farm supplies, butcher, national award-winning IGA supermarket, two pubs, four cafes, three restaurants, bakery, two service stations, carpenter, plumber, builders, electricians, wineries, galleries and various clothing, shoe and gift retailers.

Penola and Coonawarra have significant opportunities for investment in agriculture, manufacturing, grains, hay and silage, vegetables, wine, red meat production, dairy, horticulture and tourism including value-adding products and bio-energy production.

Current Opportunities

  • Development of a 5-7 star eco-accommodation venue
  • Destination tourism experiences including nature and extreme sports
  • Cafe/wine bar
  • Local food regional distribution hub
  • Small-scale Abbatoir
  • Health retreat/Day spa/Well-being focused business
  • Housing development

If you would like to explore current opportunities or needs in Penola and Coonawarra, please feel free to contact us. Alternatively, reach out to the Wattle Range Council or to Limestone Coast Regional Development Australia.

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ONLINE BIDDING CLOSING SOON
Our community has been extremely fortunate to have a beautiful artwork donated for auction (shown below), with all proceeds fully funding more positions in the upcoming Riddoch Leaders X Generation Thrive program which was recently launched at Koonara Wines. See here: https://www.facebook.com/PenolaCoonawarraSA/posts/pfbid0aXNHzkk8Br3oY6Dr5bKVkr7kYvERgxNriiYKiY8gAtiyTBDix8XVTbL29UaZi5LLl
 
The artwork was created by local Boandik artist, Matthew Brookes. It represents Saint Mary MacKillop, Father Tenison Woods, the Sisters of St Joseph, and the local landscape with the vineyards. Matthew has tried to showcase the important education offered by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. He has generously donated this artwork by way of continuing education for youth in our region.
 
The artwork is currently on display at Koonara and bids can be made here (bidding closes 8pm this Sunday, August 7): https://airauctioneer.com/art-for-riddoch-leaders/original-artwork-by-indigneous-artist-matthew-brookes?position=0&list=9U0Nn0duPxCZb9RDbL1Lc8f-qNjPU1Ossr76mXdg-4o
 
APPLICATIONS CLOSING THIS MONDAY, AUGUST 8.

Recent research has indicated that young people now take three and a half years more to settle and develop the emotional and social skills required for success in the workplace compared to 30 years ago. Additionally, they are motivated differently, seek more connection to purpose, and are at the highest risk of acquiring mental health issues.
 
The Riddoch Leaders X Generation Thrive program will develop and enhance participants' social and emotional capabilities while increasing personal accountability, self-leadership, resilience, and well-being, which will better prepare our future leaders for success in their personal and professional lives.

APPLY NOW - SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!
 
For further information, express interest or apply for a scholarship: https://penolacoonawarra.com/riddoch-leaders-program/
Generation Thrive: https://generationthrive.com.au/
 
For telephone enquiries, please contact Courtney Grigg, Generation Thrive General Manager on 0434 124 592.
We’re into our third weekend in July! With Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers still in full flight, there’s so much to do this weekend. We’ve popped a few winter-warming food ideas below:

⭐️ Rymill Winery - ‘Hot pots in July’. With the choice of Meatballs in Sugo, or Over the Rainbow minestrone.. you’re sure to be in for a treat with a vino in hand too!

⭐️ Patrick of Coonawarra - enjoy a heart-warming bowl of Thai Pork and Peanut Curry matched perfectly with their award-winning '2014 Block 5 Aged Riesling'. This can be enjoyed as an experience on its own or with their Riesling Flight. 

⭐️ Ottelia is taking you back in time! For the first time, Ottelia will be hosting a back vintage tasting, including their 2012 Coonawarra Cabernet. Experience two aged wines alongside their current release counterparts, with a trio of snacks inspired by the decades gone by. 🍷

Do you have something to add to this list? We’ll have more inspiration to come! 
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