Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is very pleased drought-affected regional communities in his electorate are set to receive a boost of more than $11.5m with four new local infrastructure and community projects.
This funding is part of a $207 million investment under Round 4 of the Federal Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Mr Ramsey said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future.
“This is a fantastic outcome for Grey with four really worthy projects receiving more than eleven and a half million under this latest round,” he said.
“The Remarkable Southern Flinders project will receive $5m and with another $5m locked in from the State Government this project has the potential to attract a raft of new visitors.
“The project will join together the parks and reserves of the Southern Flinders and enable access for the growing tourist and visitor trade which has grown in the area in recent years with the cycling trails attracting thousands of bike riders and families. This project will provide a huge boost to the tourist industry and the region.
“The Silver to Sea Way will draw attention to the incredible history linking Broken Hill to Port Pirie and the seminal role they played in the formation of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP.
“Along the 400km route from the mines to the smelter, the trail will highlight the unique histories of railway settlements like Silverton, Cockburn, Mingary, Olary, Manna Hill, Yunta and Peterborough along the way.
“Communities in Grey are continuing to show amazing spirit and strength as they support each other through these tough times and this latest round of BBRF will provide much-needed support.
Successful projects in Grey include:
“Over the life of this government the BBRF has delivered close on $60m into the electorate, a great demonstration of the value the Liberal Government places on rural and regional Australia.”
“These projects and the investment in the Witchelina Nature Reserve and the Bundaleer Visitor Precint will drive economic growth and local jobs at a time we need them most.
Remarkable Southern Flinders at Nelshaby will receive $5,000,000 to develop facilities in a section of a national park.
Silver to Sea Way- The National Trust Of South Australia Port Pirie will receive $6,594,000 to deliver a program of capital works to conserve, interpret and regenerate heritage assets in South Australia.The project will create a contemporary tourism experience that connects South Australia and New South Wales.Upgrading kitchen facilities at Witchelina Nature Reserve in the Far North of the State.
The Nature Foundation SA will receive $20,258 to assist in upgrading kitchen facilities in the shearers’ quarters and homestead kitchen located within the Witchelina Nature Reserve.
Bundaleer Precinct Stage 2: Commercial Venue Fit Out will receive $100,000 will commercially fit-out the Bundaleer Visitor, Community and Event Precinct venue.
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 0417827523 June 5, 2020