Member for Barker Tony Pasin announced today that the Berri Barmera Council has been approved for $1 million worth of projects to boost the economy, social and community needs through the Morrison Government’s Drought Communities Program.

Community amenities upgrades will form part of the funding injection including air conditioning at the Barmera Soldiers Memorial Hall, Bonney Theatre projection, upgraded seating for the Riverland Regional Innovation and Sports Precinct, and upgrades to the Barmera Skate Park.

Tourism and infrastructure projects will also be included in the spend with new tourism signage, Berri wharf enhancements and Lake Bonney jetty lighting as well as upgrades to Monash Adventure Park Equipment, oval irrigation, footpath and cycling paths.

Mr Pasin said eight eligible councils across Barker were eligible for $1 million dollars to undertake projects to deliver outcomes for communities in drought.

“While each of these councils are in various stages from planning to completion, I’m extremely proud that I can point to projects that are making a real, direct difference to residents experiencing drought in communities across Barker,” Mr Pasin said. 

“I’m seeing projects roll out that are increasing local employment, stimulating local economies, and improving services and amenities for our regions.”

“While we can’t make it rain, our Government is supporting our communities in drought. We’re backing in our farmers, and we will always stand up and support our drought-affected communities,” 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.

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:

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