Mannum, Karoonda, Tintinara, Bowhill, Wynarka get federal funding as MP Tony Pasin cris-crosses Murraylands, Mallee

Better phone coverage, more barbecues and reliable power will be among the outcomes of a recent spending spree by the federal government.

MP Tony Pasin has been cris-crossing the Murraylands and Mallee over the past few weeks, passing on good news.


Funding for silo art and a main street upgrade at Karoonda was confirmed on February 26, part of the same drought program that will allow the construction of a child care hub behind the town's institute.

The council will use a $388,000 Building Better Regions grant to paint the silos and provide other art, free wi-fi, new picnic and shaded seating areas, signage and landscaping.

A celebration will be held once the work is finished.

"This is a really exciting project that will bring vibrancy and renewal to the township," Mr Pasin said.

"I can't wait to see all the elements come together to have a lasting impact on the local economy and the people who live here in the Murray Mallee."

The Karoonda East Murray council will also receive $20,000 to help with the development of a tourism and economic development strategy for the district, Mr Pasin announced on March 13.

The project will aim to help the local population and economy grow.


Federal taxpayers will chip in $339,000 for a previously announced upgrade of Bowhill's power supply, Mr Pasin announced on March 8.

Installing underground power lines will aid the continued growth of Bowhill Engineering, which has built a national profile in the engineering industry.

Installing a solar power system to supply the town's general store and community centre will save money for the community and remove the risk of blackouts.

The funding will come from the Building Better Regions Fund.


Optus recently switched on its new mobile phone tower at Wynarka, which was jointly funded by the federal government through its Mobile Black Spot Program, an effort to eliminate gaps in coverage.

The tower was designed to reach more than 100 households across an area of 129 square kilometres.

It will also help motorists stay safer in the event of an emergency along a 150km stretch of the Karoonda Highway.

Optus spokesman Andrew Sheridan said all Australians deserved the ability to make and receive mobile phone calls and browse the internet remotely.

Reliable and effective mobile coverage was also a key driver of economic growth, Mr Pasin said.

The MP has long lobbied for a rolling black spot program to replace the round-by-round model.


Heritage-based tourism and investments in tourism will be the focus of two plans to be developed by the Mid Murray council with federal Building Better Regions grants.

A $15,000 grant will help the council identify ways of improving what the district has to offer to tourists interested in culture and heritage.

Another $20,000 will be spent developing a 20-year plan to increase investment in tourism and business.

"Projects like these make our regional communities even better places to live, work and raise a family, and I'm excited to see the positive difference this funding will make," Mr Pasin said.


Tintinara Golf Club will receive $15,000 for a barbecue shelter, Mr Pasin announced on February 12.

The funding will come from the Stronger Communities Program, intended to provide facilities that offer social benefits.

Mr Pasin said the golf club brought people together, strengthened social connections and built participation in the community.

Election looms

The government is likely to enter caretaker mode within weeks ahead of the next federal election, expected in May.

Major funding announcements made during that period would usually count only as party promises, not government commitments – hence the need to finalise so much beforehand.