The Federal Government is investing in the future of Riverland with $3,500,000 in funding across two projects under Round 5 of the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.

Projects to receive funding include:

Waikerie Football Club Inc Waikerie Riverfront Community Hub $1,500,000 This project will replace the existing community hub.
Berri War Memorial Community Centre Inc Berri Riverside Holiday Park, Riverside Apartments Development $2,000,000 This project will construct twenty apartments next to an existing caravan park in Berri, South Australia.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Government’s investment will deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the region.

“The Federal Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve,” Mr Pasin said.

“We are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery.” Mr Pasin said.

“I pride myself on being able to deliver projects that make the Riverland an ever better place to live, work and raise a family.”

“I have worked closely with the Applicants of these projects and I’m so pleased to have secured this funding for the Riverland.” Mr Pasin said.

Waikerie Football Club Inc will receive $1.5 million for ‘Waikerie Riverfront Community Hub’. This project will replace the existing community hub.

Waikerie Football Club President Aaron Thompson said securing this Building Better Regions Fund grant for the Waikerie Riverfront Community Hub is a game changing announcement for the broader Waikerie Community.

“This money enables the Waikerie Football Club to begin the replacement of our current deteriorating clubrooms with an inclusive, modern building. A new building will allow us to continue and expand on the range of community activities/functions that happen within the riverfront area.” Mr Thompson said.

“This development will complement the Waikerie Riverfront revitalisation project which aims to beautify and enhance our towns greatest asset, The Murray River. The Waikerie Football Club is excited to be partnering with the federal government through this funding to be delivering such an iconic asset to the community.” Mr Thompson said.

Berri War Memorial Community Centre Inc will receive $2 million for ‘Berri Riverside Holiday Park, Riverside Apartments Development’. This project will construct twenty apartments next to an existing caravan park in Berri, South Australia.

Berri War Memorial Community Centre Inc, established in 1947, is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation with a proud history of developments and achievements within the Berri Community.

Chairperson Jim Rosenthal said the said “As volunteers we have been able to run an organisation that provides an ongoing service to the community in the management, development, and promotion of the Berri Riverside Holiday Park.“ Mr Rosenthal said.

“We sincerely thank Tony Pasin for his excellent support in receiving this grant and the Berri Barmera Council for its support by providing administrative and cost offset subsidies involved with the grant application. We also thank to 35 local organisations and businesses who supported our applications.” Mr Rosenthal said.

“This project will be beneficial to the BWMCC, the Berri and Riverland economy and most importantly those community-based organisations that rely on our annual support.” Mr Rosenthal said.

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.

This latest funding round takes our total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is focused on ensuring our regions remain strong.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to work hard on behalf of Australians living in regional and remote communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“That’s why we’ve committed an additional $100 million under this latest round to take total funding to almost $300 million. This extra funding will support more projects, more jobs and create more economic opportunities in our regions to boost their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Funding for these projects in the Riverland is a testament to the dedication and tenacity of Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP.”

“Funding under the Building Better Regions Fund supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities.

“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest round will ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit, while helping support important regional industries which create jobs.

“Our Government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead.”

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