Sports and research boost for Riverland and beyond
17 February 2018
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Barker
Mayor of Berri Barmera Council
- New sports and research precinct opens in the Riverland
- Provides much-improved sports facilities and education opportunities
- Australian Government invests $3.5 million in the project
Long-term prospects for economic growth in South Australia's Riverland received a boost today with the opening of the Riverland Regional Innovation and Sports Precinct in Berri.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the 5,000 - square metre facility was a great investment in the region's sporting and economic future.
“This is about forging a connection between schools and industry by creating educational pathways into sports training, coaching and sports science,” Dr McVeigh said.
“The Precinct includes teaching and research facilities with key programs to improve student skills and opportunities for researchers in sports science. This is about the Turnbull Coalition Government backing South Australian regional communities as they strive for economic growth and local job opportunities.
“This is part of the Coalition Government's continuing support for regional development initiatives.” Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the precinct was well-equipped, with basketball and gymnastics arenas, an upgraded hockey arena, as well as general physical activity areas.
“Featuring two canteens, several toilet blocks, a café and sports store, as well as carparks, the precinct provides competitors and visitors with high-quality amenities,” Mr Pasin said.
“Seventy-four jobs were created during construction and with 10 ongoing roles expected, this project will continue to provide job opportunities for the growing population of the Riverland region.”
Berri Barmera Mayor Peter Hunt said the new precinct would bring together school, community and sporting institutions to improve the overall well-being of the regional community.
“Innovation and sustainability come in different forms and combinations. This precinct redefines these terms for the Berri Barmera Community and supports our future economic growth,” Mayor Hunt said.
“To see a project that has been a dream of the community for over 30 years come to life is very rewarding.”
The Australian Government jointly funded the $7 million project on a 50:50 basis with Berri Barmera Council.