The Federal Government has approved funding of $1,848,689 towards Southern Mallee District Council projects as part of the $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects is important for maintaining jobs and economic growth, particularly as we deal with the economic crisis created by the coronavirus.

“I am so pleased that this Federal Government funding will support these worthwhile projects within the Southern Mallee District Council.”

“Every single project we support makes a huge difference in local communities and that is why we have moved quickly to approve this funding.”

The Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program funding will enable Southern Mallee District Council to undertake projects to deliver community facility and infrastructure developments and upgrades throughout the Council area.

“I know how important these developments and upgrades are for our communities because the Federal Coalition recognise the social and community benefits that come from increased activity as well as providing our communities a safe place to live. I am proud to be partnering with the local Council to deliver these important projects.” Mr Pasin said.

Those living in the Southern Mallee District Council region are set to benefit from an upgrade to the Pinnaroo pool.

Southern Mallee District Council Mayor Jeff Nickolls said the Pinnaroo pool project, together with the Lameroo Memorial Hall and Pinnaroo Institute upgrades would deliver significant benefits for the Southern Mallee district communities.

“The Pinnaroo pool is a popular community recreation facility that is highly valued for its role in supporting water safety education for children, encouraging active lifestyles and offering a meeting place for locals of all ages,” Mayor Nickolls says.

“The work to the two halls will improve these important community meeting spaces. This additional project work at the pool and the two halls will complement other recent upgrades to the these facilities.” Mayor Nickolls says.

“We are thankful for our community’s patience while Council continues to plan for these new upgrades, and we look forward to delivering a much-improved pool ahead of the summer swimming season.” Mayor Nickolls says.

More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available at



The Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program funding will enable Southern Mallee District Council to complete the following projects:


Phase 1

Billiatt Road widening, $80,000

Upgrade Pinnaroo Aerodrome, $152,000

Kulkami Road widening, $257,276

Total Phase 1 – $489,276


Phase 2

Pinnaroo Pool Renewal, $260,861

Lameroo Memorial Hall Renewal, $60,000

Pinnaroo Institute Renewal, $60,000

Total Phase 2 – $380,861


Phase 3

Projects to be determined (construction 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2023)

Total Phase 3 – $978,552


TOTAL   (Phase 1, 2 & 3) – $1,848,689