Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Sports and research boost for Riverland and beyond

Media Release

JM021/2018

17 February 2018

Joint release with:

Tony Pasin

Federal Member for Barker

Peter Hunt

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.