Drought-affected regional communities in Barker are set to receive a boost with new local infrastructure and community projects, as part of a $207 million investment under Round 4 of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said that under Round 4 of the program, Murray Bridge Golf Club would receive $339,000 to upgrade the course from a par 68 to a par 71 championship course, together with an upgrade of the clubhouse facilities.

“Communities in Barker are continuing to show amazing spirit and strength as they support each other through these tough times and I am glad to see this latest round of BBRF will provide additional support at such a crucial time.

“Upgrades to the Murray Bridge Golf Course add to the Murray Bridge offering. It’s projects like this that will transform communities and help ensure our productive and vibrant region remains strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term,” Mr Pasin said.

“BBRF projects strengthen our local economies and drive much-needed local procurement, with thousands of jobs expected to be supported throughout regional Australia,” Mr Pasin said.

“Through the BBRF, the Australian Government is continuing its long-standing commitment to regional Australia, making vital local projects a reality, driving economic development and creating stronger partnerships across our regional communities,” Mr Pasin said.

“We have seen outstanding outcomes from the first three rounds of the BBRF and this fourth round will continue that trend by funding critical local infrastructure projects.

Murray Bridge Golf Club President Mark Bolton said the Club welcomes the announcement.

“We are really excited about this project as it will transform the golf course into a Par 71 championship course, including new driving range and renovations to the existing Bar, Kitchen and Restaurant facilities,” said Mr Bolton.

Funding partner Burke Urban General Manager Damien Collins said “The Burke Urban Gifford Hill Joint Venture is delighted the Murray Bridge Golf Club has been awarded a Commonwealth BBRF grant to upgrade the golf course to a Par 71 championship course, delivering more active recreational open space assets for the community,” Mr Collins said.

The Burke Urban joint venture has submitted development plans to Council for the land adjourning the Golf Club, including residential allotments that wrap around the new golf course holes. Apart from donating the land for the new golf course holes, Burke Urban joint venture is contributing $350,000 to the earthworks required, and is pleased to partner with the Golf Club and Commonwealth Government to deliver such an important community asset for the Murraylands region,” Mr Collins said.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf