New community precinct opens at Henley Beach
08 December 2015
Joint release with:
SA State Member for Colton
Mayor of City of Charles Sturt
Federal Member for Hindmarsh
Henley Square's makeover is now complete with today's grand opening providing a redeveloped space for the local community to enjoy in the lead-up to Christmas.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government provided $2 million towards the $8.4 million upgrade of the public space under the Community Development Grants Programme.
“The Australian Government's $350 million Community Development Grants Programme is delivering almost 300 community projects right across Australia,” Mr McCormack said.
“We are committed to helping local government deliver projects which will have a longer term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities.”
Federal Member for Hindmarsh Matt Williams, who was onsite at the opening celebrations today, said the project would strengthen links to the Metropolitan Coast Park, including access to the bicycle and pedestrian path network planned for the metropolitan Adelaide coast.
“Locally, the redevelopment expects jobs to nearly double from 500 in the past five years to 950 jobs between 2016 and 2021, promoting continued job growth in the Henley precinct,” Mr Williams said.
“This is a long term investment to support growth in the region's local economy and tourism opportunities.”
State Member for Colton Paul Caica said the South Australian Government was pleased to partner with both the Australian Government and Local Council to deliver this key infrastructure project.
“Works have included the construction of Henley Plaza with shelters, paving and a water feature and the Promenade Circuit with seating and a grassed area overlooking the beach,” Mr Caica said.
“The beach and jetty were central to the works with it receiving new stairs and ramp access, beach showers, water play area, shade structures and a new amenities block.”
City of Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans, who was also onsite at the project opening, said that the redeveloped Henley Square was a major community asset providing an urban precinct in the heart of town.
“Henley Square is one of our City's iconic spaces, and a popular destination for both locals and visitors, especially during the summer months,” Mayor Evans said.
“The work we've done—with support from our Federal and State Government partners—to redevelop and upgrade the Square is going to leave a legacy which will be enjoyed by future generations.”
The project was jointly funded with the Australian and South Australian government each investing $2 million with a further $4.4 million contributed by the City of Charles Sturt.