CFS Region 5
Region 5 covers about 20 000 square kilometres of the State, with a population of 70 000 people. In general terms, it covers the Upper and Lower South East.
With reliable rainfall and abundant underground water, the Region has a strong history as a wealthy agricultural area. The wine growing district between Penola and Padthaway is one of Australia's best wine growing districts due to its favourable combination of soils and climate. There has been recent rapid expansion of both viticulture and other horticulture.
The South East of South Australia represents 85 per cent of the State's forests and is a $1.7 billion dollar industry with an annual growth rate of two per cent each year.
The Region has a history of significant fires and other emergencies that affect the community. The community faces increasing risks as economic growth continues with industry expansion.