South Australia’s expanded Planning and Development Fund has approved funding for 37 local community projects across 27 different local government areas.
The State Government announced in March that it would the double the size of the annual fund to $50 million (which includes contributions from councils), to support local jobs.
Some of the 37 projects projects required less than 50 per cent State Government contribution, meaning the total value of successful projects is $65.5 million.
Twenty-four of the projects are in metropolitan Adelaide and 13 in regional South Australia.
Local Government Minister Stephan Knoll said shovel-ready project status was a key aspect of the fund’s assessment criteria, and that he wanted the successful projects underway as quickly as possible to support local jobs and businesses.
In related news, the Victorian Government has announced 35 projects in rural and regional communities will get $16 million from the state’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.
The money will go towards new walking trails, extra housing, cultural centre refurbishments, and road improvements.