A sod turning ceremony was held in the Mount Gambier today to mark construction of the jointly funded Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre.

The Morrison Government has invested $15 million towards the $39 million project.

The project will construct a new indoor sport and recreation centre that includes a 25-metre indoor pool, recreation and rehabilitation pools, six multi-purpose indoor courts, meeting and function rooms, and associated amenities.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said that while the project was great news for the health and wellbeing of its users, it would also deliver economic benefits.

“The project is expected to increase employment opportunities in the region, generating a value add of $13.44 million and increasing Gross Regional Product (GRP) by $38.41 million,” Mr Pasin said.

An anticipated 121 direct jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project, and another 21 direct ongoing jobs will be supported upon completion.

Mr Pasin, said this is a great example of all levels of Government working together to deliver for local communities in our regions.

“There is no doubt that Liberal Governments at a State and Federal level are working together to deliver for regional communities, because we know that by investing in regional communities with projects like this we are helping deliver social and economic benefits that will keep our regional communities great places to live and work into the future,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our Government is committed to delivering jobs, productivity improvements and economic growth to all Australians. That’s why we are investing in Regional Australia to foster stronger regional communities to ensure the nation’s prosperity continues in the future,” Mr Pasin said.

“Strong economic management means Governments can invest record funding into infrastructure, health and education without having to increase taxes. If we weren’t in the economic position we are thanks to Liberal Governments plan to grow the economy, funding in this project may not have been possible,” Mr Pasin said.

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