Communities across South Australia will benefit from dozens of high-profile infrastructure projects, such as recreation and aquatic centre developments, new roads, a super playground and upgrade of Thebarton Theatre, to be delivered under a major job-creating stimulus program.
Treasurer Rob Lucas has announced 57 shovel-ready projects will be funded via the Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program (LGIPP) – with the Marshall Liberal Government injecting $106.9 million in stimulus, which unlocks a further $118.5 million in matching council investment and some Commonwealth funding.
The total stimulus program is estimated to be somewhere in the order of $270 million to $290 million.
The Program – part of the Marshall Government’s record $4 billion economic ‘adrenalin hit’ to turbo-charge the state’s strong ongoing jobs and economic recovery from COVID-19 – is expected to support hundreds of local construction jobs, with construction required to begin within the next 12 months.
“This program not only provides a huge shot in the arm for the state’s economy, it delivers exciting new developments and facilities upgrades that will transform and enhance communities right across South Australia,” Mr Lucas said.
“From brand new aquatic centres and community hubs to children’s playgrounds, intersection upgrades and a redeveloped Thebarton Theatre, the Marshall Government is investing significantly to deliver better services for South Australians.
“This program is an immediate and targeted cash injection that will deliver long-lasting, tangible benefits for families and communities in every corner of the state.”
“It’s all part of our record $4 billion in economic stimulus over the next 2 years – the second largest stimulus package in the nation, according to the federal Parliamentary Budget Office – to drive ongoing jobs and economic growth as the state continues to rebound from COVID-19.
“These are the sort of projects that are required to be completed, or significantly completed, within the 2-year timeframe, while the Government continues to get on with planning and construction of other large-scale job-creating infrastructure developments, including the final stage of the North-South Corridor, the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre at Lot Fourteen.”
Examples of projects to be built including the corresponding State Govt grant include:
- Salisbury Recreation Precinct Redevelopment, City of Salisbury – $7.18m
- Mount Barker Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Mt Barker District Council – $7.3m
- Greenwith Community Campus, City of Tea Tree Gully – $6m
- Thebarton Theatre Upgrade, City of West Torrens – $4m
- Thorndon Park Super Playground, Campbelltown City Council – $1.25m
- High-risk intersection upgrades, Coorong District Council – $900,000
- Dover Street Open Space Reserve, City of Port Adelaide Enfield – $1.3m
- Regional Commodity & Freight Roads upgrade, District Council of Barunga West with Yorke Peninsula Council and District Council of Copper Coast – $2.56m
- Wandilo Rd to Wireless Rd West Shared walk/cycle path extension and solar light installation project, City of Mount Gambier – $800,000
- Cuttlefish Coast Sanctuary Tourism & Conservation Project, City of Whyalla – $2.06m
The successful projects were endorsed by the Treasurer upon recommendation of an independent panel, comprising Treasury and Office of Local Government officials, with each of the 58 councils* that submitted applications being awarded funding for at least one of their eligible^ projects.
The City of West Torrens’s planned upgrade of Thebarton Theatre includes a new ground level entry foyer area for patrons, new auditorium timber flooring, roof solar panels and fly tower at the rear of the stage for lighting and other effects.
A full list of successful projects can be found at:
*Not all councils submitted applications for consideration
^To be eligible: projects must:
- contribute to the future economic growth of the region; or
- support the Government’s Growth State agenda; or
- improve local infrastructure facilities for businesses and community organisations to enable them to grow in the future; or
- upgrade key community facilities.
- Council must match State LGIPP grant funding, contributions from third parties may not be used to match the state LGIPP contribution, but may be used to support projects.
- No other State grant funding can be received for the project
- Construction must commence within 12 months of approval
- Projects must not be already fully funded in council’s 2020-21 budget
- Council project expenditure must be in addition to existing expenditure plans
- Councils must maximise the use of local contractors during the construction phase