Murray-Darling Basin communities in South Australia are set to benefit from more than $6.6 million in grants under the third round of the Coalition Government’s Economic Development Program.

Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt joined with local Member Tony Pasin to announce 15 local projects will be awarded a grant under the Program.
Mr Pasin said the grants helped strengthen and diversify the economies of local communities impacted by aspects of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.

“The projects will receive grants totalling more than $6.6 million and will be rolled out across many localities including Renmark, Waikerie, Murray Bridge and Berri,” Mr Pasin said.

“Each of the projects selected to receive funding so far under Round 3 will help communities by using local suppliers and resources as well as through local knowledge to drive the best outcomes for our region.”

Minister Pitt said the projects in South Australia were part of the ongoing announcements from the third round of the program.

“I will announce further successful projects to create new jobs in Murray–Darling Basin communities as these are approved and finalised.”

“We are providing opportunities for Basin communities affected by the Murray–Darling Basin Plan to be at the heart of decisions on how to stimulate their economies.”

“The approved projects will create new jobs as they are delivered as well as enduring employment opportunities, increase the capacity of communities to diversify and strengthen their local economies, and help them to manage their current and future economic challenges and changes.”

“This program recognises that communities know how best to tackle the challenges they face, and what kinds of economic activity would support people in their own areas.”

“Across the Basin, people have been dealing with the biggest water reform in Australia’s history along with drought, demographic changes and commodity price changes,” Minister Pitt said.

“This funding recognises the pressures that many people in the Basin’s rural and regional communities are under and seeks to create new economic activity and job opportunities for impacted communities.”

“Close to $39 million of funding has already been approved under Rounds 1 and 2 of the program for a huge array of activities-throughout Murray-Darling Basin communities.”


List of projects in South Australia:
• Riverland Field Days Incorporated – Riverland Events Centre Shower Block – $88,000
• Rural City of Murray Bridge – Sturt Reserve Mobilong Wharf Shelter Project – $450,000
• Blanchetown Kart Club – Outgrid Shelter, tanks and amenity – $60,000
• Barmera Golf Club Incorporated – Barmera Golf Club Amenities Upgrade – $104,620
• Rotary Club of Waikerie Incorporated – Waikerie Clifftop Walk Upgrade Project – $356,500
• Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation – Nursery Irrigation Enhancement for Fertigation via Aquaponics – $250,000
• Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation – Maximising Capacity for Goolwa Cockle Harvesting – $234,883
• Coorong District Council – Parklets in Coorong District Town Centres – $158,812
• District Council of Loxton Waikerie – Loxton River Tourism Project – $382,100
• The Renmark Hotel Incorporated – Renmark Hotel Redevelopment and Refurbishment – $1,000,000
• Berri War Memorial Community Centre Inc – Berri Riverside Holiday Park – Riverside Apartments Development – $1,000,000
• District Council of Loxton Waikerie – Loxton Retirement Village Development Project – $1,000,000
• Mid Murray Council – Murray Coorong Trail – Strategic Planning and Design Development – $410,000
• Alexandrina Council – Telling Old Stories, New Ways – $980,000
• Goolwa To Wellington Local Action Planning Association Incorporated – River Murray Lower Lakes Visitor Trails – Stage 2 – $173,330