The first sod was turned today on construction of the Riverland Exhibition Centre Presentation Pavilion in Barmera, South Australia.Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project was funded under the Government’s new $500 million Building Better Regions Fund, which will create jobs, dand build stronger regional communities in Australia.

“Once completed, the project will complement and expand the existing facilities at the Riverland Exhibition Centre, offering a variety of events and activities to the region,” Minister Nash said.

“The project is expected to create six direct jobs during the construction phase, and 108 indirect jobs post construction.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and providing first class facilities does just that.”

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the new multi-purpose building will promote tourism and attract visitors to the Barmera region.

“The Pavilion will cater for a wide range of events including an auditorium that will seat up to 300 in theatre style or 200 at a dinner function and it is estimated that 6,500 people will use the facility on a yearly basis,” Mr Pasin said.

“Other project works will include a multi-purpose commercial grade kitchen, storage rooms, and amenities to complete the Pavilion.

“I am looking forward to seeing this project reach completion in June 2018 and the benefits it will bring the community.”

The Riverland Exhibition Centre Presentation Pavilion is a jointly funded project with the Federal Coalition Government and Riverland Field Days Inc committing $405,090 each.

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