Recreation Precinct for Goolwa Delivering Jobs and Stimulus

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The $8.2 million Goolwa Oval Recreation Precinct is moving forward with funding and construction, bringing employment and economic stimulation to the historic river port.

The project will provide up to 57 employments during construction and three permanent jobs once completed, as well as a lasting recreational legacy for the region that will provide future possibilities for sport and play.

Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, said the initiative will boost the community’s well-being by offering more recreational possibilities.

“This project will offer a fresh new facility that will open up chances for a variety of community activities, including netball, football, cricket, hockey, lawn bowls, and tennis,” stated the Deputy Prime Minister.

“This is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to communities like Goolwa across the country to support key infrastructure that promotes stable, secure, and thriving local and regional economies,” says the statement.

Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan CSC stated the project is well underway, with new clubrooms, a multifunctional social space, canteen and kitchen, as well as offices and administrative buildings, now under construction.

The project aims to demonstrate how a conventional rural town sports precinct can be reimagined to encourage physical activity participation by a much wider range of people, including youth, seniors, and people with disabilities, according to South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development and Member for Finniss David Basham.

Minister Basham remarked, “This is a terrific example of what is achievable when all three levels of government work together to achieve for the people.”

The new facility, according to Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes, will suit the demands of nearly 900 registered sporting club members from seven different clubs that utilize the property.

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“This project is all about enhancing the opportunity for locals to enjoy well-planned and high-quality sports and recreation facilities, which is excellent news for the hundreds of frequent visitors as well as others in our community who have yet to use the facility.”

By December 2022, the project should be completed.

The Australian Government has pledged $5 million to the Goolwa Oval Recreation Precinct under its Community Development Grants Program, with Alexandrina Council contributing $2.4 million and the South Australian Government contributing $800,000.

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