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OCA secures $199,075 in funding from the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Fund

The Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock, today announced that the OCA was successful in securing $199,075 from the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Fund. With further contributions from the OCA and community Progress Associations, this grant will improve functionality and aesthetics for both residents and visitors to Outback South Australia. Funding will be distributed across nine outback communities:

  • Andamooka
  • Beltana
  • Blinman
  • Marree
  • Oodnadatta
  • Parachilna
  • Penong
  • Pimba
  • Yunta

The project will revitalise community parks through the provision of interpretive signage, landscaping, playground upgrades and tree planting, along with the installation of two UHF radio repeaters and two water filtration systems. The UHF radio repeaters will provide essential communication coverage, while the water filtration systems - to be installed in Oodnadatta and Marla - will ensure that community members have access to high quality, potable water.

Construction work will be carried out by local volunteers and contractors, and participants of the Australian Government's Community Development Program. The OCA will continue to work closely with Progress Associations in the respective communities to see these projects come into fruition.

With a total capital expenditure of $425,550, this project will create 51 jobs during construction, plus 5 new ongoing positions.

The announcement coincided with the 'Regions in Focus' roadshow where our Director, Mark Sutton, provided an update on the SA Outback Roads Action Group and a summary of the State Government's commitment to Leigh Creek.

View Minister Brock's full release here.