Pisoni announces music and industry opportunities

David Pisoni, the minister for Industry and Skills, visited Port Lincoln on April 10 to announce new programs for local live music, meet with business owners to discuss skilled workforce requirements, and talk to students about future careers.

VISIT: Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni with Member for Flinders Peter Treloar at one of the roundtables.

VISIT: Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni with Member for Flinders Peter Treloar at one of the roundtables.

His announcement of new program RAMP, or the Regional Accelerator Music Program, will provide a grant fund of $100,000 for regional music needs.

"There are great things happening across the South Australian regional music sector...and that's why RAMP is being developed," he said.

"Port Lincoln is no stranger to live music, whether that's through gigs at the Port Lincoln Hotel, Sound City, the Nautilus Arts Centre, at the annual SALT Festival or as active participants of last year's Guitars in Bars tour."

Minister Pisoni launched the round table event, which is one of many occurring in regional areas across the state.

"We want to identify any barriers, and identify any enablers for regional live music," he said.

"We will tailor to each region's needs, and there will be a small pool of money to enable that to happen."

He said Liquor Licensing reforms had also given more avenues for live music to thrive, and also announced a 'clip combat' competition, a 'battle of the bands' style competition that considered both the music and the video clip produced.

He said the boost to live music would have a "two-pronged" outcome, giving tourists more reasons to visit the area, and providing locals with experiences that might otherwise only be available in metro areas.

"We want our regions to be vibrant," he said.

"It's about quality of life, and opportunities for young people."

Minister Pisoni also held a round table for people in industries that employed apprentices and trainees, who put forward questions to the minister about concerns they have locally.

The Minister said state apprentice numbers had dropped by 55 percent since 2014, but said over the last 12 months the government had "revitalised" the Training and Skills Commission, and were looking to further identify where holes and shortages were.

One local employer said that his biggest issue is retaining apprentices he has trained from bigger businesses in the mining industry, who were then employing the skilled workers he had.

Mr Pisoni said he'd like to review ratios of employees versus apprentices compared to other states, and look at adjusting them.

"The best way not to lose workers is to have more tradespeople," he said.

"We don't have the ability to compel businesses to employ people, but we can make it easier to employ apprentices."