Communities across SA will benefit from dozens of high-profile infrastructure projects to be delivered under a major job-creating stimulus program.

Man on construction site

The program will help deliver projects such as recreation and aquatic centre developments, new roads, a super playground and upgrade of Thebarton Theatre.

Treasurer Rob Lucas has announced 57 shovel-ready projects will be funded via the Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program (LGIPP) – with the State Government injecting $106.9 million in stimulus, which unlocks a further $118.5 million in matching council investment and some Commonwealth funding.

The total stimulus program is estimated to be somewhere in the order of $270 million to $290 million.

The Program – part of the State Government’s record $4 billion economic ‘adrenalin hit’ to turbo-charge the state’s strong ongoing jobs and economic recovery from COVID-19 – is expected to support hundreds of local construction jobs, with construction required to begin within the next 12 months.

“This program not only provides a huge shot in the arm for the state’s economy, it delivers exciting new developments and facilities upgrades that will transform and enhance communities right across South Australia,” Mr Lucas said.

“From brand new aquatic centres and community hubs to children’s playgrounds, intersection upgrades and a redeveloped Thebarton Theatre, the State Government is investing significantly to deliver better services for South Australians.

“This program is an immediate and targeted cash injection that will deliver long-lasting, tangible benefits for families and communities in every corner of the state.”

“It’s all part of our record $4 billion in economic stimulus over the next 2 years – the second largest stimulus package in the nation, according to the federal Parliamentary Budget Office – to drive ongoing jobs and economic growth as the state continues to rebound from COVID-19.

“These are the sort of projects that are required to be completed, or significantly completed, within the 2-year timeframe, while the Government continues to get on with planning and construction of other large-scale job-creating infrastructure developments, including the final stage of the North-South Corridor, the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre at Lot Fourteen.”

Examples of projects to be built including the corresponding State Govt grant include:

  1. Salisbury   Recreation Precinct Redevelopment, City of Salisbury - $7.18m
  2. Mount   Barker Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Mt Barker District Council -   $7.3m
  3. Greenwith   Community Campus, City of Tea Tree Gully - $6m
  4. Thebarton   Theatre Upgrade, City of West Torrens - $4m
  5. Thorndon   Park Super Playground, Campbelltown City Council - $1.25m
  6. High-risk   intersection upgrades, Coorong District Council - $900,000
  7. Dover   Street Open Space Reserve, City of Port Adelaide Enfield - $1.3m
  8. Regional   Commodity & Freight Roads upgrade, District Council of Barunga West with   Yorke Peninsula Council and District Council of Copper Coast - $2.56m
  9. Wandilo   Rd to Wireless Rd West Shared walk/cycle path extension and solar light   installation project, City of Mount Gambier - $800,000
  10. Cuttlefish Coast Sanctuary Tourism   & Conservation Project, City of Whyalla - $2.06m

The successful projects were endorsed by the Treasurer upon recommendation of an independent panel, comprising Treasury and Office of Local Government officials, with each of the 58 councils* that submitted applications being awarded funding for at least one of their eligible projects.

*Not all councils submitted applications for consideration

Sourced from the Premier of South Australia’s website: Jobs splash as stimulus for community pools, playgrounds and Thebarton Theatre upgrade given green light