Regional Voice forum visits Port Lincoln

FORUM: The forum will include education sessions on emotional intelligence in leadership, cyber security and protecting assets over the internet.
FORUM: The forum will include education sessions on emotional intelligence in leadership, cyber security and protecting assets over the internet.

Some of the concerns facing Port Lincoln businesses are electricity costs, reliability and supply, skills availability, telecommunications and cyber security, according to a Business SA survey.

Issues raised by local and other regional SA business owners will be addressed and discussed at Business SA's Regional Voice forum at the Port Lincoln Hotel on March 27.

The forum will include education sessions on emotional intelligence in leadership, cyber security and protecting assets over the internet.

Tips for regional businesses and concerns will also be discussed, along with health and wellness in the workplace.

Business SA executive director of industry and government engagement Anthony Penney said businesses in the area found training costs were too high or lacked in the region.

He said 73 per cent of the region's respondents thought South Australia needed a government policy to specifically promote regional population growth.

"Port Lincoln and the wider Eyre Peninsula have faced a difficult year with a drought, ongoing high electricity costs and ageing infrastructure," he said.

"Skills shortages and attracting appropriately-skilled staff were significant and ongoing issues, with 42 per cent of businesses finding it hard to attract the right skilled workers."

Mr Penney said more than a third wanted to see investment in economic infrastructure, such as roads and ports.

The free event at the Port Lincoln Hotel on March 27 begins at 5:30pm and will include nibbles and drinks.