$7.5m for Tailem Bend motorsport park

The Coorong District Council has received a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Government to begin construction at the SA Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend.
The Coorong District Council has received a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Government to begin construction at the SA Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend.

The Coorong District Council has received a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Government to begin construction at the SA Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend.

The funding will contribute to establishing essential access and service connections at the park - such as internal roads and site reticulation including water, gas and power - and will be matched with about $15 million from the site's developers, Peregrine Corporation.

Coorong District Council chief executive officer Vincent Cammell said the funding would also allow works to construct communication connections, storm water and site retention dams, and wastewater services to go ahead at its full potential.

"The funding will enable the site to operate," he said.

"It really underpins the development; without this it might have had to be cut back and scaled down." The funding was announced under the National Stronger Regions Fund, which has made $1 billion available over the next five years to strengthen regional economies by improving productivity, employment and workforce skills.

Mr Cammell said the council had applied for the funding to assist the multi-million dollar project which would provide employment, both during the construction period and well into the future, and ensure long-term economic development for the area.

"Council is looking at these long-term benefits and are very keen to do their part in supporting this project," he said.

"There still a lot of process to go through before we actually get the funding though."

The motorsport park was one of 51 successful projects selected to share more than $200 million of the National Stronger Regions Fund in 2015-16.

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