The Australian Government has provided funding to local community projects in Barker under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Rural City of Murray Bridge has received a grant of $1.5 million towards the History & Tourism Precinct at Sturt Reserve.

“This grant will assist the Rural City of Murray Bridge in its efforts to continue the redevelopment of Sturt Reserve Precinct including improvements to the existing wharf to increase the number of landing points for river vessels on the Murray River.”

“This project will create nearly thirty jobs in Murray Bridge and create over $4 million in economic benefit that will significantly contribute to the town’s economic recovery and resilience.” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said the overall program funding was boosted to $390 million to further support communities around Australia to recover from the 2019-20 bushfires.

“As part of the $2.1 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund, the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program is backing projects which the affected communities have said will best support their ongoing recovery,” Mr Pasin said.

“The grants will fund a broad range of recovery and resilience projects, from social and community wellbeing right through to projects that support local jobs, small businesses and infrastructure.

“These projects were based on merit and are intended to offer a lasting and tangible impact, tailored to local needs and conditions. The quality of the projects funded shows that our ‘locally led’ approach works.

“We understand that recovery from bushfires takes time, and we will continue to support impacted communities through their recovery from the devastating Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020.” Mr Pasin said.

Details of the funded projects are available on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website at: