Increased economic activity and the creation of jobs in South Australia’s regions are at the heart of two State Government regional grants programs, with a number of successful grant recipients announced recently to support regional projects.
The Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program is a once-off program supporting small projects contributing to the economic diversification, resilience and capacity building of the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback, following the closure of the Port Augusta power station and Leigh Creek coal mine.
Among the recent announcements is a $200,000 Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program (USGOFP) grant to support the Wilpena Pound Resort in establishing new infrastructure to improve its tourism experience for visitors to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
Bowmans Rail has also been awarded a $200,000 USGOFP grant to establish an intermodal container terminal just outside of the Leigh Creek township, providing an alternative transport method to cater for the oil and gas industry in the Far North. This will broaden the competitiveness of the region and improve its economic prosperity.
South Australia’s iconic Pichi Richi Railway is set to undergo critical infrastructure repairs with assistance from a $150,000 USGOFP grant, which will ensure the ongoing safety and operation of the railway – an important part of the tourism of the Flinders Ranges.
“The projects awarded funding through the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program are aimed at stimulating new business activity, supporting local communities and creating job opportunities for the region,” Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said.
A number of announcements have also been rolling out for the third round of the Regional Development Fund (RDF), including the provision of $200,000 to support the upgrade of the Roxby Downs pool facility to replace the ageing toddler pool with a new water play 'splashpad' area.
In Two Wells, a fit-for-purpose development of the Prime Valley Pastoral abattoir, incorporating the latest technology and efficiencies for improving processing capacity, has been awarded a $650,000 RDF grant. The project will create 35 ongoing jobs in the region.
Cu-River Mining’s Cairn Hill Mine site near Coober Pedy will be supported by a $397,000 RDF grant to assist in establishing the infrastructure required for an innovative extraction and processing operation to optimise its mineral extraction process.