The Federal Government is investing in the future of Grey with almost $10 million in funding under Round 5 of the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is delighted the Coffin Bay Tourism Growth project will receive $600k to construct a new jetty while the Port Lincoln Economic Development and Investment Attraction Strategy will receive $20k.
“I am so pleased to announce these projects which communities have invested so much time and effort into bringing to fruition,” he said.
“The Coffin Bay Tourism Growth project will receive almost $601k toward an estimated $860k demolishing the existing jetty at the Yacht Club and constructing a fit for purpose accessible jetty and floating pontoon,” Mr Ramsey said.
“This will be great for the town and for tourists who enjoy this already very popular tourist destination. It has so much to offer, a beautiful bay, great fishing, skiing, diving locations and of course now we have the delights of oyster industry on display and for sale in the precinct.”
Coffin Bay Yacht Club Commodore Chris Stenson along with Vice Commodore Kalo Sunset welcomed the funding and said it will directly fund 70% of the project.
“We are extremely excited,” Ms Stensen said.
“This grant along with significant contributions from the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, Bendigo Bank Cummins Branch, private philanthropic donations and funds directly from the club, will now complete the target funding for this project.
“The yacht club’s current jetty has reached the extent of its serviceable life. This great project will see the old jetty replaced with a new state of the art modern floating pontoon facility.
“The new facility is set to be the region’s nautical tourism hub, it will be the first of its kind in the Coffin Bay and will be able to accommodate up to 20 vessels.
“It will provide a significant benefit to recreational boating, commercial tourism and yacht club operations.
“The Coffin Bay Yacht Club is a proud volunteer run community club, and this great project will enable a critical piece of infrastructure to be built and run by the local community for the local community.”
Ms Stenson said the yacht club would like to thank Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsay for his significant work behind the scenes in support of this great project.
“A huge thank you also to everyone who has pledged funding and provided expertise and support for this project,” she said.
“The yacht club would also like to thank and acknowledge all of its hard-working volunteers, without you great projects like this would not come to fruition.”
The Port Lincoln Economic Development and Investment Attraction Strategy will receive $20,000 to deliver an economic plan to enhance tourism and visitor experiences in the city.
“While already a major tourist destination, including to international travellers, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels for the sake of all of SA we need to keep developing, refining and expanding the product on offer in the city and its vicinity,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Making the most of every opportunity and creating jobs and investment is vital and this project will help enable this to happen.”
Mr Ramsey said the Grey electorate has outperformed over a long period of time in attracting support from the BBRF program.
“Since we came to government in 2013 more than $60m has come to Grey,” he said.
“That is a reflection of the diversity and opportunities in our regions, it’s passionate and highly motivated communities and the quality the submissions. Well done to them!”
He said that 10 excellent projects in Grey had won support in this round including boarding facilities in Cleve, a significant upgrade of sporting facilities in Roxby Downs and a new jetty at the Yacht Club in Coffin Bay, all of which will have a real impact on local economies and communities.
Mr Ramsey said previous rounds of BBRF investment in regional communities has delivered better facilities and economic opportunities across Grey.
“BBRF has help fund the Bratten Bridge upgrade in Tumby Bay, the Clare aerodrome, the Remarkable Southern Flinders project, the Cowell Foreshore development, a sewerage system in Peterborough and many other excellent projects developments across Grey.
“We are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery.
“I have worked closely with local councils and community groups and I am proud to be part of a Government that will listen to and deliver for our communities.”
Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9,900 jobs during the project period.
Successful projects in Grey include-
- $2,192,611 for the Cleve Area School Boarding Facility
- $2,534,604 for the Clare Sports Precinct Redevelopment
- $1,586,029 Balaklava’s Pool for All project
- $2,739,837 for the Roxby Mining Life Raft
- $118,633 for the Marion Bay Playground Project
- $600,712 for the Coffin Bay Tourism Project
- $100,000 for the Parham Short-Stay Facility Upgrade
- $20,000 for the Yorke Peninsula Tourism plan
- $20,000 for the Port Lincoln Economic Development and investment Attraction Strategy
- $20,000 for the Kati-Thanda Lake Eyre Water Event Response Plan
This latest funding round takes our total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.
For a full list of successful projects, please visit: www.business.gov.au/bbrf
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 8633 1744
October 8, 2021