The Mid-Murray Council will receive Federal Government funding the Murray River Maritime River Trail project thanks to the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), Member for Barker Tony Pasin has announced today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said that through the fund the Australian Government would provide funding to deliver priority infrastructure projects throughout regional Australia.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. Today’s announcement provides just the sort of boost that the Mid-Murray needs to achieve that goal,” Minister Nash said.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the BBRF would deliver funding to enhance regional economic growth.

“The fund supports important projects nominated by local communities, which means regions are investing in their own future,”

“The investment announced today focus on strengthening communities in the region by improving their prospects for achieving economic growth by boosting productivity and employment opportunities.” Mr Pasin said.

The Murray River Maritime River Trail – Mid Murray Project will receive $402,263 of Federal Government funding to contribute to the $804,527 project to upgrade landing facilities at:

  1. Swan Reach (Len White Reserve)
  2. Nildottie (Hermanns Landing)
  3. Mannum (Darling Wharf – Darling Wharf)

Each upgrade will provide these river towns with vital infrastructure that will increase river visitors to their towns and local businesses. Better access by river users will boost economic growth that will revitalise the region’s tourism industry, improve economic development and create jobs.

The mooring and pontoon upgrades will significantly improve the amenity of these small towns, providing an open and inviting space for locals to congregate and connect.

Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.

Under the BBRF, the Australian Government will provide almost $500 million over four years, from 2016-17, to foster economic growth in rural, regional, and remote communities.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at:


CONTACT: Charlotte Edmunds 8531 2466 (Mr Pasin’s office)