Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Coorong District Council received $1 million towards projects to boost the economy, social and community needs through the Morrison Government’s Drought Communities Program.

“The Council projects are stimulating local community spending; using local resources, business and suppliers; and providing long-lasting benefits to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.” Mr Pasin said.

On Saturday 22 May, the Tintinara community celebrated the official opening of the redevelopment of the Tintinara Football Clubrooms, Netball & Community Facilities.

“Across Barker and across the nation our Government is supporting grassroots sporting clubs upgrade infrastructure because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport,” Mr Pasin said.

“Today was a very special day for the Tintinrara community and I congratulate the Tintinara Oval and Recreation Association on finalising this fantastic project.”

Border Downs Tintinara Football and Netball Club Committee Member, Andrew Johnson said the Tintinara Oval and Recreation Association facilities redevelopment is a great example of collaborative investment between all levels of Government and Community.

“At no stage throughout our application did we expect to be given financial support without our own communities’ commitment. The overall development which includes expansion, resurfacing and refencing of netball and tennis courts, the complete refurbishment of all change rooms, wet areas and unisex amenities, meet all regulatory requirements, resulting in greater opportunities for sporting participation.” Mr Johnson said.

“This is complimented with a first-class renovation of our club house combined with a viewing deck offering an all-round facility and venue for every occasion.” Mr Johnson said.

“The overall investment was just below $1 million dollars with $250,000 came from the Morrison Government’s Drought Communities Program, $250,000 from the Grassroots Funding Program. The remaining matched from Clubs reserve funds, local financial support and community investment, and most importantly an enormous “in kind” contribution and voluntary effort from our members, community and children which is synonymous to rural and regional communities.” Mr Johnson said.

“It is a credit to our community and we thank them very much for their unwavering support which delivers us more than a sporting venue but a first class facility and a place to meet and ensure the social fabric and health of our community and region. It is a great example of cooperation which will have a huge return on investment.” Mr Johnson said.

This project received $250,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Morrison Government’s Drought Communities Program.