South Australians will benefit from new and improved public spaces in their neighbourhood, with 27 priority projects receiving grant funding.
$22.3 million of state government grants have been allocated to ‘shovel ready’ local council projects, including new walking trails, playgrounds and recreation hubs.
“The 2020/21 round of the Open Spaces and Places for People Grants program has focussed on projects that will create employment and have public health benefits,” Minister for Planning and Local Government Vickie Chapman said.
“We are proud to partner with metropolitan and regional councils to deliver these projects, which will create fantastic outdoor and community public spaces for South Australians to enjoy.
This round was incredibly popular with 43 councils applying for funding. The independent assessment panel rated 27 of the applications as priority projects, across 21 council areas.
The Open Spaces and Places for People grants program requires councils to match the Government’s contribution, and use the money for projects that improve public realms and support climate change initiatives.
In order to fund all priority projects, the state government added an extra $2 million to this grant round, bringing the combined state government, council and additional contributions to $57.5 million.
“Each project will significantly improve and enhance the area, while creating a pipeline of work for local tradespeople,” Minister Chapman said.
One of the successful projects is the City of Charles Sturt’s Military Road and Main Street Upgrade and Public Plaza, which received almost $2.7 million.
“This will transform the western end of Main Street into a public plaza, and revitalise the streetscape of Military Road,” Minister Chapman said.
“The independent assessment panel deemed this a high priority project, as it will improve road user safety and access, encourage active transport and integrate the space with Henley Square,” she said.