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MURRAY BRIDGE RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM AGED CARE EXPANSION

A $500,000 Morrison Government investment has increased the number and quality of residential aged care options in the South Australian centre of Murray Bridge.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said this funding was part of the Government’s $5 billion aged care funding boost, announced in the 2018-19 Budget, dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia.

On Tuesday 9th February, the completion of the multimillion-dollar upgrade to the Lerwin Aged Care Facility was officially celebrated.
The funding enabled infrastructure upgrades included refurbishing 15 existing rooms, upgrading bathrooms and converting the existing courtyard into a contemporary, spacious outdoor meeting place. The funding also created an additional five places within the facility.

“Expanding the capacity of Lerwin is important in ensuring those entering aged care from the Murray Mallee can remain in the community and thereby retain community ties with family and friends. In addition the refurbishment that this funding has made possible means the existing facilities have been upgraded to modern standards, improving the experience for residents and their visitors.” Mr Pasin said.

“Our Government understands that local aged care services face challenges their capital city counterparts do not. These upgrades will boost the capacity and improve the experience for residents at the Lerwin Nursing Home which plays such an important role in providing aged care services to communities through the Murray Mallee.’ Mr Pasin said.

“These upgrades will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged care services, which play a critical role in communities right around the Nation.” Mr Pasin said.

The Federal Department of Health, Aged Care Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grant funding is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia.

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Anna Hawkins | 0439 651 016 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

BAROSSA RECEIVE LOCAL ROADS AND COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

The Federal Liberal Government has approved funding of $1,599,570 towards two Barossa projects as part of its $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy during COVID-19.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin has announced $1,034,462 in Federal Liberal Government funding will support the Barossa Council to build an artificial soccer pitch and amenities at Nuriootpa Centennial Park.

Mr Pasin said the investment is part of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Grant Program.

“We know how important these facilities are for communities because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from increased activity and participation in sport.” Mr Pasin said.

“I am so pleased that Federal Liberal Government funding can support this worthwhile project for the Barossa. Getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects is important for maintaining jobs and economic growth, particularly as we deal with the economic crisis created by the coronavirus.” Mr Pasin said.

Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange said an additional artificial pitch with lighting, changerooms and clubroom facilities will directly benefit 450 players and members at Barossa United Football Club, plus the wider community.

“Growing grassroots sport and participation is a key deliverable of The Big Project, and we can only achieve that by investing in high quality, accessible community infrastructure,” he said.

“This project will not only stimulate the local economy during construction but deliver tangible benefits to the sporting and wider Barossa community long after the infrastructure has been delivered.”

Mayor Lange said it was important to deliver upgrades at multi-use sporting hubs like Nuriootpa, which supports soccer, AFL, cricket, netball and tennis.

“This vital Commonwealth funding brings us another step closer to developing the Barossa as the best sustainable regional sports event tourism destination in South Australia,” he said, “and is perfect timing to capitalise on the growth of the game as Australia jointly hosts the Women’s Soccer World cup with New Zealand in 2023”.

Additionally, funding of $565,108 enabled Barossa Council to implement their district wide footpath renewal and upgrade programme.

This upgrade creates linkages that improve connectivity and access in and between strategic destinations such as town centres and key service areas, which encourages pedestrian movement in these retail, commercial and industrial precincts to support economic, social and recreational activity.

More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program.

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Media contact: Anna Hawkins | 08 8724 7730 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

HOLIDAY IN AUSTRALIA THIS YEAR

Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has said an advertising blitz this week will promote domestic holidays to support local tourism jobs and businesses.

Tony Pasin said the Coalition Government had launched a $5 million campaign across national advertising, TV and event sponsorships to encourage Australians to book a holiday in Australia this year.

“The campaign will feature Australian destinations, tourism products and experiences from every state and territory in national advertising, TV program and event sponsorships, publisher created content and in-program editorial integration,” Tony Pasin said.

“I want the good people of Barker to take a break this year at one of Australia’s many holiday destinations to support jobs and businesses.
“It doesn’t matter if you book a holiday just down the road or on the other side of the country, you’ll be supporting Australian businesses and workers.

“The week-long advertising blitz will help drive Australians to book domestic holidays and give our tourism industry a much-needed boost. It’s part of Tourism Australia’s ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign for 2021.

“Our tourism industry is so important because it supports more than 666,000 local jobs and every dollar spent on an Australian holiday this year will help our tourism sector.

“When you do book your holiday this year, go to one of Barker’s local travel agents to help support them because they’re also doing it tough because of COVID-19.”

Anna Hawkins | 08 8724 7730 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAM PROGRAM

The Australian Government and Alcohol and Drug Foundation are encouraging organisations that are passionate about building resilient and healthy neighbourhoods to apply to join the Local Drug Action Team Program.

The Local Drug Action Team Program is part of the Australian Government’s investment of more than $450 million under the National Ice Action Strategy.

Applications to join this national prevention program officially open on February 1 and close on March 5.

Member of Barker, Tony Pasin said the LDAT Program supports organisations to build local partnerships and develop evidence-based activities to prevent alcohol and other drugs related harms where it matters the most – at the grassroots, community level. These activities boost quality education, positive parenting and establishing clear pathways from education to work, which reduce alcohol and other drug related harms.

 

“The LDAT partnerships include local councils, service providers, schools, police, young people, Indigenous and primary health services and other non-government organisations.” Mr Pasin said.

 

“There are more than 230 active Local Drug Action Teams having an impact around Australia. Currently in Barker we have LDAT’s in Murray Bridge, Barossa and Mount Gambier. I encourage organisations in other Barker communities to apply to be one of the additional 40 LDATs which will be established through this new application round. “Mr Pasin said.

 

Successful Local Drug Action Teams are expected to be announced in April 2021. They will receive an initial $10,000 and will be supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop and a tailored Community Action Plan addressing alcohol and other drug issues in their community, with opportunities to apply for further funding to deliver their activities.

For more information and support resources, please visit the ADF’s Community Hub website: https://community.adf.org.au/

 

Contact: Anna Hawkins | 0439 651 016 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

MURRAY BRIDGE REGIONAL ROWING CENTRE OFFICIAL OPENING

The Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre was opened by the Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP on Friday 29th January.

  • Mr Pasin said the centre would make Murray Bridge a mecca for rowers and others who want to take advantage of the great facilities, including rowing sheds and a multi-purpose function area.
  • “The Regional Rowing Hub is an exciting development which I hope will become a centre of excellence for the sport in South Australia,” Mr Pasin said.
  • “In doing so it will provide long term benefits to Murray Bridge attracting significant numbers of people to the town for training, camps and regattas.
  • “This regular influx of visitors will provide significant benefits across the community by in particular to businesses of Murray Bridge.”

 

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $496,000 investment in sporting infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Murray Bridge region.

 

“Not only did this investment stimulate the local economy through the construction phase but it is expected to continue the economic growth of the region through regattas and events for the rowing community,” Mr McCormack.

 

“By supporting multiple jobs in construction, in addition to using local businesses and supplies, this project will help strengthen business activity in Murray Bridge.

 

The Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre project includes five rowing sheds, a race control box, multi-purpose function area including kitchen and gym and a new public toilet.

 

The construction of the Rowing Centre was supported by the Federal Government via a funding grant of $496,900 from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

 

State Member for Hammond, Mr Adrian Pederick said “This new home for the Murray Bridge Rowing Club will ensure the legacy of the famous Murray Cods well into the future. The Murray Bridge Rowing Club has been providing rowing programs to the community for over 100 years. The foundations of the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre first began more than 15 years ago through discussions amongst dedicated members of the Murray Bridge Rowing Club and It is through the hard work, tenacity and commitment of grass roots members that the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre has evolved. The Marshall Government encourages sport and recreation to enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities. This project has benefited from $360,000 funding from the State Government’s Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing.”

 

Mayor Brenton Lewis of Rural City of Murray Bridge said the funding had been vital to get the centre developed.

 

“Commonwealth funding received for the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre was a significant component in making this project possible that not only provides a state of the art facility for Murray Bridge and the region but will also be a key attraction for visitation to Murray Bridge,” Mr Lewis said.

 

“The Rural City of Murray Bridge is grateful to both the Commonwealth and South Australian State Government for partnering with the Rural City of Murray Bridge and the Murray Bridge Rowing Club on this exciting project. “

The Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre was a joint project between Commonwealth and South Australian Governments, the Rural City of Murray Bridge and Murray Bridge Rowing Club (MBRC).

 

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860 | Jock Rice-Ward 0417 837 565

Mr Tony Pasin MP – Anna Hawkins | 0439 651 016 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAM PROGRAM

The Australian Government and Alcohol and Drug Foundation are encouraging organisations that are passionate about building resilient and healthy neighbourhoods to apply to join the Local Drug Action Team Program.

The Local Drug Action Team Program is part of the Australian Government’s investment of more than $450 million under the National Ice Action Strategy.

Applications to join this national prevention program officially open on February 1 and close on March 5.

Member of Barker, Tony Pasin said the LDAT Program supports organisations to build local partnerships and develop evidence-based activities to prevent alcohol and other drugs related harms where it matters the most – at the grassroots, community level. These activities boost quality education, positive parenting and establishing clear pathways from education to work, which reduce alcohol and other drug related harms.

 

“The LDAT partnerships include local councils, service providers, schools, police, young people, Indigenous and primary health services and other non-government organisations.” Mr Pasin said.

 

“There are more than 230 active Local Drug Action Teams having an impact around Australia. Currently in Barker we have LDAT’s in Murray Bridge, Barossa and Mount Gambier. I encourage organisations in other Barker communities to apply to be one of the additional 40 LDATs which will be established through this new application round. “Mr Pasin said.

 

Successful Local Drug Action Teams are expected to be announced in April 2021. They will receive an initial $10,000 and will be supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop and a tailored Community Action Plan addressing alcohol and other drug issues in their community, with opportunities to apply for further funding to deliver their activities.

For more information and support resources, please visit the ADF’s Community Hub website: https://community.adf.org.au/

 

Contact: Anna Hawkins | 0439 651 016 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

 

IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BARKER

The Morrison Government is supporting community groups to lower their power bills and play their part in helping to reduce Australia’s emissions

 

Across Australia, not-for-profit community groups have been awarded grants of up to $12,500 for energy-saving projects under the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program.

 

Member for Barker Tony Pasin says through the program, the Tatiara Retirement Village Community Centre has received $7,532 to install a 5.4 kw Solar system.

 

The project involves the installation of 21 solar panels, to provide 5.4 kw of power.

 

“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for organisations, and we want to help ease some of the financial pressures facing our local groups,” Mr Pasin said.

 

The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Budget.

 

“The program is delivering grants to help businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies, and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills,” Mr Pasin said.

 

In addition to grants for community organisations, the program will provide $10 million for dairy farming businesses, $9 million for small businesses and $15 million for high energy-using businesses.

 

Further information on the Energy Efficient Communities Program is available at energy.gov.au.

 

 

Contact: Anna Hawkins | 0439 651 016 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN TO FUND LIFE-SAVING DRIVER REVIVER UPGRADES IN BARKER

Owners of Driver Reviver locations across Barker can now apply for a share of $7.3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites.

  • It will also support the establishment of new sites to expand the current network and reach even more road users, with priority given to restoring Driver Reviver sites affected by the horrific bushfires of 2019 and 2020.
  • Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said Driver Reviver volunteers do a phenomenal job providing a much-needed break and cuppa for our drivers, their families and friends to help keep road users safe by tackling driver fatigue.
  • “Anyone who’s taken a long trip across South Australia or even interstate knows just how quickly fatigue can creep up on you and how life-saving it can be to take a well deserve break, perhaps even switch drivers,” Mr Pasin said.
  • “That’s the sort of road safety behaviour Driver Reviver sites promote, here in Barker and across the nation by providing much-loved amenities such as shelters and barbeques or just a cuppa with a sneaky biscuit or two over a chat to tackle fatigue.
  • “For a regional area such as Barker, these rest sites become even more critical as our communities, hard-working truckies and our families from other parts of the country depend on often long-slog trips to stay connected, travel to work or get our Aussie goods to markets.
  • “If there is one New Year’s resolution I encourage every Australian to make, it’s to take road safety seriously and do what they can to help keep themselves and others safe on our roads – including taking breaks when they need it, even if it adds another half-hour to their trip.
  • “Because that half-hour can be the difference between life and death, by ensuring they remain an alert driver who can respond rapidly to a situation on the road.
  • “Our Government is proud to invest in the essential work of the Driver Reviver program and I strongly encourage all site owners in Barker to submit their applications for funding as soon as possible.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said driver fatigue had been identified as one of the ‘Fatal Five’ road safety factors that contribute to road trauma, being a factor in up to 30 per cent of all deaths and severe injuries on our roads.

  • “Driver Reviver sites are critical in tackling driver fatigue to make our roads safer, which is why I am proud to be part of a Government that continues to invest in the program – with a total of $8 million committed under the Driver Reviver Upgrade Program and $1.2 million already out the door through the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.
  • “Driver Reviver owners will be able to use this round’s funding for a range of much-needed amenities to entice road users to make good use of their sites, such as shelters, picnic tables, power and water facilities, barbeques, parking, lighting and of course equipment such as fridges or hot water urns that allow them to offer that much-needed cuppa with their friendly chats.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and while our Government is doing what it can to ensure Australia moves towards ‘Vision Zero’ of zero deaths on our nation’s roads, initiatives such as the Driver Reviver program showcase what governments and communities can achieve when working together, and of course the role road users can play to ensure we all get home safely at the end of each trip.”

Round 2 of the Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Program is a targeted competitive grant round with applications closing 25 February 2021.

Further information, including application guidelines and submissions, is available at www.grants.gov.au.

For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au

 

Media Contact:

 

Assistant Minister Buchholz:

Josh Christian | 0439 897 926

 

Tony Pasin MP:

Anna Hawkins | 08 8724 7730 | anna.hawkins@aph.gov.au

 

AUSTRALIA DAY 2021

Every year on January 26 Australians around the nation and those living around the world reflect on what it means to be Australian.

 

For me Australia Day is a reminder of the tremendous freedoms we enjoy and of how lucky we are to live in the greatest Country in the world.

 

After a year that has challenged us more than any year since the Second World War, I have never been more proud of being Australian.

 

We are making our own Australian way through this crisis. A way guided by our enduring principles and values. Together, we have done so better than almost any other country in the world and we have many reasons to be optimistic about our future.

 

On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: our sense of fair go, our diversity and lifestyle, our cohesive society, our democracy and the freedoms we enjoy, our resilience and generosity in the face of adversity and our unwavering community spirit that has always been a part of our national character.

 

To all Australians on January 26 be proud, be thankful and enjoy a great Australia Day.

 

Tony Pasin

Federal Member for Barker