Open Spaces and Places for People Grants Announced
$65.5 million worth of funding for local community projects has been announced as part of the State Government’s Open Spaces and Places for People Grants.
In March, the State Government doubled the annual Planning and Development Fund to $50 million, when matched with 50:50 local government contribution, with a focus on projects that were considered to be ‘shovel ready’.
During the application process a total of 160 applications were submitted, seeking approximately $116 million in funding – tripling the amount of applications and funding requested from the previous year.
A total of 37 community projects have successfully secured funding across 27 different council areas, with 24 in metropolitan Adelaide and 13 in regional South Australia .The projects include park and playground upgrades, walking trails and public space upgrades.
Successful grants were received from the following councils:
- Charles Sturt
- Holdfast Bay
- Mount Barker
- Port Adelaide Enfield
- Tea Tree Gully
- West Torrens
- Karoonda East Murray
- Mount Remarkable
- Tumby Bay
- Berri Barmera
- Flinders Ranges
- Kangaroo Island
- Loxton Waikerie
- Murray Bridge
- Naracoorte Lucindale
- Victor Harbor
- Yorke Peninsula
A key element for all of these projects is the creation of local employment, however it is equally important that these projects improve the public realm, provide public health benefits and support climate change initiatives such as through the provision of more tree canopy.
The Open Spaces and Places for People Grants program is part of the State Government’s $1 billion stimulus package aimed at safeguarding the South Australia’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 and the devastating bushfire season.
The government are continuing to roll out their strong plan to keep as many South Australians in jobs as possible and the economy strong during these unprecedented times.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA planning portal here
What: Open Spaces and Places for People Grants announced in SA
When: Announced 10 May 2020
Where: SA-wide (see locations above)
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