Funds aid major upgrades to regional sporting precincts

Photo: File
Photo: File

Families and individuals who use sporting precincts at Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Eudunda will soon benefit from the Grassroots Program after each town received significant funds for upgrades.

The $15 million government-led boost, officially announced on Monday, so far supports 20 successful applications through the Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program.

This means a $200,000 windfall will assist with the Eudunda Sporting Club Incorporated redevelopment of their change room facilities, incorporating parent change space, medical rooms and umpire change room.

The Barossa Council's application will award $350,000 to the redevelopment and upgrade of two existing change rooms to unisex and construction of two new unisex change rooms at Nuriootpa Centennial Park.

A further $206,250 will put towards installing new sports flood lighting at Tanunda Recreation Park.

According to the state government, the funding from round one focuses on family-friendly facilities with the Grassroots Program delivering these vital funding to increase sporting participation across the state.

The Office of Sport, Recreation and Racing in collaboration with the SACA and the SANFL will provide the $6 million, while another $9 million will be chipped in by the councils, sports clubs, Federal Government and other associated agencies.

Sport, Recreation and Racing Minister Corey Wingard believes South Australians should have access to the sporting facilities they deserve.

"These sporting clubs are the heartbeat of grassroots sports in South Australia," Minister Wingard said.

"We're proud to be building grassroots sports in the state and provide the crucial funding for these sports clubs to develop the right facilities for their participants."

Round One of the program is directly injecting $6 million into the facilities of the 20 successful applicants.