Member for Barker Tony Pasin says The Rural City of Murray Bridge is one of 24 successful applicants to receive Federal Government funding under the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program.

Around $580,000 in funding will now flow for events and projects across regions, helping to boost domestic visitors through unique local experiences.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, and planning for events and projects starting again, it’s fantastic that Murray Bridge can benefit from this federal funding for their River Murray Splash event,” Mr Pasin said.

“Not only will this encourage visitors to the region over summer bringing with them their summer holiday spending money, but it will be a great morale boost for the local Murray Bridge community after a tough year of restrictions,” Mr Pasin said.

River Murray Splash is a family festival held each year at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge. The Rural City of Murray Bridge hosts this event as part of their river activation program initiatives from New Year’s Eve until Australia Day. The event is on its 3rd year and runs for a month with a series of day and night activities for children and families.

The $30,000 grant funding for “Murray River Splash” will be used to expand the range of programs and activities for children and to promote the festival to people outside the region. The 2021 event will include a range of activities such as:

  • Giant inflatable aquatic obstacle course
  • Bouncy castle
  • Laser tag
  • Rock climbing
  • Mini Golf
  • Lego – build and bash
  • Sand castle city – on the temporary beach
  • Outdoor cinema on Friday nights
  • Circus workshops

The festival will also feature fireworks, live music show and food trucks showcasing local produces. The event starts on 31st December 2020 and ends on 26 January 2021.

The project is scheduled for completion in April 2021. The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant Program will support events to encourage tourists back into our bushfire affected regions and is part of a $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies.