Tenders are being called for the redevelopment of the Loxton Research Centre.
It is being funded by a $7.5 million allocation from the South Australian River Murray Sustainability program.
The new building is designed to be a hub for key industry research, education, business and support entities.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said tenders closed in four weeks and he anticipated construction would begin early next year.
“Look, I’m ecstatic about it, I strongly encourage local people to put the tenders in,” he said.
“Whatever we do we try and encourage the locals to participate in these, if they don’t put tenders in well then they are not in the running.
“The Riverland itself has great opportunities and potential and this is going to do great service there.”
He said the centre would improve the region’s unemployment rate.
“You’re going to employ ‘x’ number of full-time equivalent at the end but there’s also a construction phase to get to that stage – carpenters, electricians, plumbers and goodness knows what else,” he said.
“I’m dying to get back there to look around again and talk about the emerging opportunities in the Riverland, there is a lot of innovative thinking down that way there.”