The Member for Barker Tony Pasin is pleased to announce that the District Council of Karoonda East Murray has secured $388,000 for their ‘Karoonda Township Activation Project’ under the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $81 million Drought Communities Program.

Key activities of the project are the enhancement to the Karoonda township with a focus on the Railway Terrace precinct with street art and projection (including the silos), free public wifi, new landscaping and picnic/shaded seating areas, new signage and a street festival to mark the project’s completion. Employing local trades, the project will boost economic growth both during and following completion.

“This is a really exciting project that will bring vibrancy and renewal to the township and I can’t wait to see all the elements come together to have a lasting impact on the local economy and the people who live here in the Murray Mallee,” Mr Pasin said.

“While much of the media attention of this drought has been focused on conditions in NSW and Queensland, I’ve been on the ground listening to people living through dry conditions here in Barker and I understand that things are tough for individuals and communities. This is why I fought for the Drought Communities Program to be extended into the driest regions of SA ,” Mr Pasin said.

The Drought Communities Program supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on more than $7 billion of Liberal and Nationals Government drought support measures.

In August 2018, the program was extended to provide support of $1 million to 60 eligible councils and in October a further 21 eligible councils were added to reach even more communities suffering through drought.

Funding is available to eligible councils for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities.

Project funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs.

For information on the Government’s Drought Communities Program visit:

Contact: Charlotte Edmunds  8531 2466