SA delivers $65M for local projects through Planning and Development Fund

The South Australian Government has announced $65.5 million in funding for local community projects as part of its $1 billion COVID-19 stimulus package.

According to Premier Steven Marshall, 37 projects have successfully secured funding across 27 different council areas, with 24 in metropolitan Adelaide and 13 in regional South Australia.

In March, the state government announced it would double the annual Planning and Development Fund to $50 million, including the contribution from councils to support local jobs.

“However, some projects required less than 50 per cent state government contribution, meaning the total value of successful projects is $65.5 million – providing $15.5 million more in economic stimulus than initially expected,” Mr. Marshall said.

“We are continuing to roll out our strong plan to keep as many South Australians in jobs as possible and our economy strong during these unprecedented times. It’s these types of local projects that create local jobs and ultimately means more work for local businesses.”

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said it was now up to councils to get these projects off the ground as soon as possible, to provide “much needed stimulus” in local communities.

“Having shovel ready projects was a key part of our assessment criteria and these local projects can get underway quickly to support local jobs and businesses,” he said.

“We have a strong relationship with the local government sector and will work with them to deliver better, greener, open spaces in our community.”

Funded projects include Campbelltown City Council’s $120,000 Thorndon Park to Reservoir Road Trail, City of Charles Sturt’s $12,000,000 Breakout Creek Stage 3 Redevelopment and City of Marion’s $2,460,000 Marino Coastal Walkway.

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