A number of local communities across the State are receiving a share in $7 million to upgrade public spaces such as reserves, playgrounds and walking and cycling trails.

A total of 27 projects received funding as part of the annual Open Space and Places for People grant within the Planning and Development Fund.

Councils co-contribute to the funded projects, which must promote accessibility, recreation and transformation. Since 2002 the Government has invested over $150 million in approximately 800 projects. The latest projects to receive funding include:

  • $1 million for the redevelopment of Felixstow Reserve and the adjoining River Torrens Linear Park area
  • $565,850 for upgrade of the Sturt River Linear Park through Coromandel Valley including a new shared use path and bridge, landscaping and park furniture
  • $510,000 for the development of a Town Square in Kapunda which will be used for markets, events and general community enjoyment
  • $446,000 to upgrade City Park in Port Pirie including paving, landscaping, public art and shelters
  • $220,997 to upgrade three play spaces in Whyalla, with the funding to support new play spaces, picnic areas and landscaping

More than $4.9 million of the total investment is for regional South Australia, with grants to support initiatives in areas including Kapunda, Laura, Waikerie, Berri, Kangaroo Island, Roxby Downs, Port MacDonnell, Victor Harbor, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

Background

The Department received 66 applications for funding. Following an assessment process, the Minister approved $7 million to 27 projects across South Australia.

Projects funded under this initiative support the Government’s priorities including the implementation of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and the Regional Planning Strategies for South Australia.

Quotes attributable to Planning Minister John Rau

The State Government continues its commitment to grassroots projects which directly benefit local communities. $7 million towards local projects will help to provide safe and usable reserves, walking and cycling trails and playgrounds.

Ongoing investment into quality open spaces is a key driver in making our local communities more attractive, accessible and liveable.

Quotes attributable to Local Government Minister Geoff Brock

These 28 projects will provide a real boost for local communities by providing them with enhanced recreational facilities for residents to enjoy and also assist councils to stage community events which bring visitors to their suburbs and regions.

I’m particularly pleased to see that more than $4.9 million is being provided for projects in our regions.

People living in our regions take great civic pride in their towns and cities and I know this funding will be welcomed and greatly appreciated by those local communities.

The provision of ample open spaces and places plays an important role in the morale and wellbeing of all local residents.