Charities in the Barossa region have received a helping hand to perform their good works, following the completion of the new Barossa Community Helpers Charitable Recycling Centre.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who attended the centre’s opening in Nuriootpa today, said the centre would recycle goods from businesses and community members in the region.

“The new showroom will showcase the variety of goods that the volunteers at Community Helpers clean, sort and repair for re-sale – the profits of which go back into charitable organisations around the region,” Mr Pasin said.

“The project will also help the staff transport goods to and from the centre thanks to a new loading area and car park, in addition to a staff room and two new offices to make sure staff are well equipped to do their fantastic work.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $400,000 contribution was part of its investment in community infrastructure across regional Australia.

“Community Helpers’ previous facilities were in a state of disrepair – thanks to this project, we have replaced them with a quality recycling centre,” Mr McCormack said.

“This investment has also contributed to the local economy by supporting 11 local construction jobs and creating two ongoing roles.”

South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the project would support skills in the region and increase Community Helpers’ income base.

“By supporting volunteers in their efforts to gain skills and experience in repairing and re-purposing goods, this project will not only reduce waste in the region but also support people learning important and often forgotten skills,” Mr Whetstone said.

“Not only will this mean customers get a better range of products in the showroom but it is all being done to support other charities in the region, which is fantastic.”

The Federal Government invested $400,000 in the project under the Building Better Regions Fund. This is an $841 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The South Australian Government contributed $150,000 and Community Helpers Incorporated $412,386.

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