Those living in the Murray Mallee region are set to benefit from the new Mallee Playground Trail.

Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said the Mallee Playground Trail project will give young people, community members and visitors to the region the opportunity to explore the playground spaces, linked by the new Playground Trail.

The three new playground spaces are located in the District Council of Karoonda East Murray’s towns of Wanbi, Karoonda and Wyanarka.

Mr Pasin who opened the new Mallee Playground Trail on Sunday 16 May, said this is a special day for the Mallee communities and all those involved in this project.

“I am pleased the Federal Government was able to deliver funding of $283,700 via the Drought Communities Programme Extension towards this council led project.” Mr Pasin said.

“This project stimulated local community spending by using local resources, businesses ad suppliers, and will provide lasting social benefits to the community.” Mr Pasin said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $283,700 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Mallee region of South Australia.

“The investment will encourage people of all age groups within the community to utilise these revitalised spaces,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Local playgrounds provide a meeting point for communities and present fantastic opportunities for young people to play, learn and engage with one another.”

The District Council of Karoonda East Murray are excited to be celebrating the opening of the Mallee Playground Trail.

Mayor Phillips said this is a first of its kind for the region and a community lead initiative which has revitalised public spaces in 3 towns within our district, Karoonda, Wanbi & Wynarka.

“Inclusivity was an important part of the design of the play spaces which has ensured that all demographics of our community are actively engaged and can participate in recreational activity” Ms Phillips said.

This project received $238,700 in funding from the Australian Government under the Drought Communities Programme Extension, South Australian State Government ($300,000), District Council of Karoonda East Murray $60,000 and Wynarka Recreation Reserve ($5,000).