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

Paringa Backpackers Resort ready to welcome guests

Media Release

FN033/2016

27 April 2016

Joint release with:

Tony Pasin

Federal Member for Barker

The new $1.2 million Paringa Backpackers Resort officially opened today, offering accommodation for seasonal workers and tourists to the Riverland region of South Australia.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project was fully funded through an Australian Government grant from the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Programme (SARMS) Regional Development and Innovation Sub Programme.

“This project is part of the $25 million South Australian Regional Economic Development Element of the SARMS National Partnership Agreement,” Minister Nash said.

“The programme aims to promote a healthy environment, strong communities and a productive economy through the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and associated reforms and initiatives.”

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Paringa Backpackers Resort will provide affordable year round ‘backpacker’ style accommodation for tourists and seasonal and itinerant workers.

“The new facilities can accommodate up to 236 people in 28 purpose built self-contained cabins,” Mr Pasin said.

“The resort includes two outdoor cooking areas, outdoor seating for 70 people, gardens and a swimming pool, a workshop with amenities and a training facility to accommodate 240 people along with two manager's residences.

“Eight jobs were created during the project's construction phase and four jobs will be ongoing to manage the accommodation park.”

The $265 million SARMS programme, which is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by South Australia's Primary Industries and Regions SA, was conceived through the Water Industry Alliance's River Murray Improvements Program proposal and negotiated as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan package.