The Federal Government has now approved funding of $1,596,757 towards District Council of Karoonda East Murray projects as part of the $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said 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.

“I am pleased that the Federal Government has under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program provided funding for the District Council of Karoonda East Murray to deliver these projects for communities across the Council area.”

“Every single project we support makes a huge difference to our local community, that is why we have moved quickly to approve this stimulus funding.”

“Partnering with the District Council of Karoonda East Murray to ensure we deliver these projects for local communities will also support jobs in the midst of a pandemic.“

“I know how important these developments and upgrades are for our communities because we recognise the social and community benefits that come from increased activity as well as providing our communities a safe place to live. I am proud to be partnering with the local Council to deliver these important projects.” Mr Pasin said.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray are set to benefit from completed upgrades at the Mallee Kids Child Care Centre, including installation of a shade structure, landscaping and construction of bike path.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor Caroline Phillips said “The Mallee Kids Child Care Centre was one of the very first major projects we were able to realise – made possible by the first round of drought funding.”

“Providing 8 jobs and looking after up to 22 children, it has been a real privilege to watch this facility grow.” Mayor Phillips said.

“The latest addition has been the construction of a bike path which links the different areas of the outside play space.  With parking bays, traffic lights and stop signs, children enjoy using a variety of bikes as they learn about road rules and shared path use.” Mayor Phillips said.

More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available at



The Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program funding will enable District Council of Karoonda East Murray to complete the following projects:


Phase 1

Karoonda Town Oval – Refurbishment of toilet facilities                                  $26,348

Railway Tce Karoonda – Refurbishment of building                                            $50,000

Mallee Kids Child Care – Shade structure, landscaping & bike path             $20,000

Safety works on various roads                                                                                    $100,000

Construction of footpaths                                                                                            $140,000

Karoonda – Installation of walking/cycling path                                                   $49,500

Karoonda Apex Park – Toilet block renewal and accessibility upgrades      $42,195

Total Phase 1                                                                                                                     $427,543


Phase 2

Caravan Park Upgrade – Sustainable Cabin                                                            $75,000

Knights Well Road Upgrade                                                                                         $239,128

Total Phase 2                                                                                                                     $314,128


Phase 3

(Construction 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2023)


Total Phase 3                                                                                                                     $855,086


TOTAL   (Phase 1, 2 & 3)                                                                                                $1,596,757