Funds teed up for regional projects

More than $700,000 in funding has been allocated to projects in the Limestone Coast, including a new mini golf course in Mount Gambier.

Blue Lake Golf Club, Millicent and District Basketball Association and Tatiara District Council will receive a total $717,000 for the projects, as part of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

The Blue Lake Golf Club will construct an 18 hole mini golf course after receiving $171,000.

Club president Peter Sealey said Blue Lake Golf Club members sincerely thanked Member for Barker Tony Pasin and the Federal Government for the funding.

“This grant will go towards the construction of an 18-hole mini golf course to be constructed adjacent to the existing administration centre at the Blue Lake Public Golf Course close to the famous Blue Lake and tourist park,” he said.

“We believe it will provide a pathway for juniors and others of all ages to become active in the sport of golf.

“It will be inclusive for ambulant, disabled and family participation with an affordable recreational activity.

“We also believe it will attract visitors and tourists to stay and play and view our iconic Crater Lakes area situated at Mount Gambier.”

Millicent and District Basketball Association will receive $211,000 to improve its stadium’s central player, spectator and community area.

This project will upgrade the current storage and seating area to an enclosed accessible multi court viewing area.

Association president Peter Seebohm said Millicent Basketball was ecstatic and very pleased with the news the first stage of viewing clubroom project has been funded.

“This project will allow us to fully support our families and members while at the stadium, as well as helping us promote the sport and venue as one of the best in Country SA,” he said.

“We are very appreciative of the support given to us through the application process by Tony and thank him very much.

“The basketball committee will now start the process of getting on with job.

“We know that this project will help provide a secure financial future to our sport and community.”

Tatiara District Council has been allocated $335,000 for its housing for growth project, which will build two four-unit accommodation blocks at the Bordertown Caravan Park.

Tatiara District Mayor Graham Excell said the funding would help to bridge a community need.

“We have always been proud of our strong, vibrant economy and low unemployment rate,” he said.

“But the flipside of this economic strength is that our businesses cannot recruit enough staff locally to fill job vacancies and have to bring people in from outside the district.

“The housing shortage we have experienced for many years has made this recruitment extraordinarily difficult for Tatiara businesses of all sizes and industries.

“We are very excited to partner with the Australian Government in responding to this challenge and developing accommodation for workers at the Bordertown Caravan Park.”

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the government’s investment would deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the region.

“The Federal Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve,” Mr Pasin said.

“We are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery.

“I pride myself on being able to deliver projects that make the Limestone Coast an ever better place to live, work and raise a family.

“I have worked closely with the applicants of these projects and I’m so pleased to have secured this funding for the Limestone Coast.”

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