Member for Barker Tony Pasin says the Federal Government investment of $11.25 million into Monarto Zoo is a big win for the Murraylands region.

A new $16.8 million visitor centre at the Monarto Open Range Zoo will be delivered as part of a major Zoos package for South Australia that will also secure the future of Adelaide Zoo’s iconic Giant Pandas.

“Monarto Zoo is already a major drawcard for the region. This new development will increase tourism offer that will flow on to the wider Murraylands region.”

“It’s a major investment and will ensure Monarto Zoo will continue attract visitors for the region well into the future,” Mr Pasin said.

The $15.8 million combined State and Federal Government investment will contribute towards a new state of the art visitor centre that will generate an estimated $13.6 million and 136 jobs to the economy during construction phase and a further $6.3 million per year and 89 jobs once completed and fully operational.

The current visitor centre, built in 1997 is not keeping up with the increase in visitor numbers. The new facility will include a large indoor and outdoor café, nature play spaces, retail, visitor services, offices and improved car parking and accessibility.

“I advocated for Federal Government investment into Monarto Zoo because I understand the flow on effects for the Murraylands region. I’m thrilled that Our Government is delivering for this project and our region.”

“This is an exciting project that marks the beginning of a new era for Monarto Zoo and the tourism it brings to the region,” Mr Pasin said.

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