Drought-affected regional communities in Barker are set to receive a boost with three new local infrastructure and community projects, as part of a $207 million investment under Round 4 of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the Riverland with three projects sharing in more than $2.8 million under this latest round of funding,” Mr Pasin said.

“These include $1.2 million new multi-use Wellbeing and Community Centre in Loxton, $600,000 for a new UV protective shade structure for Waikerie Bowling Club, and $225,000 to upgrade Len White Reserve in Swan Reach which will drive economic growth and local jobs at a time we need them most.

“Communities in Barker are continuing to show amazing spirit and strength as they support each other through these tough times and I am glad to see this latest round of BBRF will provide additional support at such a crucial time.

“These projects will transform communities and help ensure our productive and vibrant region remains strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term and I look forward to seeing these projects boost economic prosperity across the Riverland,” Mr Pasin said.

“BBRF projects strengthen our local economies and drive much-needed local procurement, with thousands of jobs expected to be supported throughout regional Australia,” Mr Pasin said.

“Through the BBRF, the Australian Government is continuing its long-standing commitment to regional Australia, making vital local projects a reality, driving economic development and creating stronger partnerships across our regional communities,” Mr Pasin said.

“We have seen outstanding outcomes from the first three rounds of the BBRF and this fourth round will continue that trend by funding critical local infrastructure projects.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf