More than $550,000 for local sport facilities

Barossa sporting facilities have been delivered a $556,250 windfall in Round One of the State Government’s Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program.

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll this week welcomed the announcement that The Barossa Council had been successfully awarded funding for two separate projects via the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, SANFL, SACA and Netball SA.

Nuriootpa’s Centennial Park will benefit from a $350,000 grant to redevelop and upgrade its two existing change rooms to unisex, and to construct two new unisex change rooms.

Meanwhile, Tanunda Oval will be lit up with the installation of new sports flood lighting, assisted by a $206,250 grant.

“This is a fantastic example of the State Government partnering with Council to deliver The Big Project,” Mr Knoll said.

“These improvements will go a long way to bringing our recreational facilities up to modern standards.

“With significant growth in both junior and women’s local sport recently, the timing couldn’t be better.

“These new facilities will enable more flexible scheduling for competition and training, and also encourage more participation as a result of the improved facilities.

“Regional sporting clubs are the heartbeat of grassroots sports in South Australia, and the Marshall Government is committed to investing in activities which help to keep people active and healthy.”

As well as encouraging greater participation in local sport, the upgrades at Nuriootpa and Tanunda will boost health, wellbeing and social engagement.

They will also provide the capacity to host additional high profile events including, at Tanunda, night events.

Barossa Mayor Bim Lange is excited that over $550,000 in funding will flow to community facilities at Tanunda and Nuriootpa as part of The Big Project.

“We know our recreation facilities are facing upward pressure so this funding comes at the right time to support expanded competition and more participation, especially with the growth of women’s and junior sport,” Mayor Lange said.

“Importantly, we have worked closely with SACA and SANFL to ensure our facilities and ovals meet contemporary standards.

“This reinforces our joint commitment to establishing the Barossa as a premier regional sports event tourism destination for AFL and cricket in South Australia.

“These upgrades improve our capacity to attract and host high-profile sporting events, and also support a healthy grassroots competition and increased local participation, health and wellbeing outcomes across multiple codes including AFL, netball and cricket.

“We’re also grateful to local sporting clubs who are at the heart of our community and support our vision for The Big Project.”

The Nuriootpa change room redevelopment is valued at $890,000, including a Council contribution of $410,000 and club commitments of $130,000.

Upgraded lighting at Tanunda Oval is valued at a total of $412,500, with Council providing the $206,250 joint funding contribution.

Both projects are to be delivered during 2019 and 2020.

Details on how to apply for Round Two of the South Australian Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program will be made available at in the near future.