'Something for everyone' in Coorong drought funding

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

Residents on unsealed roads at Tailem Bend should be among those to benefit from almost $1.3 million worth of new projects planned in the Coorong district.

The Coorong council last month finalised a list of 13 projects it hopes to fund through the federal Drought Communities Program.

Tailem Bend would have some of its remaining dirt roads - not yet named - sealed, with kerbing added; and its cricket club would get $27,500 to fit out its clubrooms.

A 550-metre stretch of new footpath along Bonney Street would make it easier for families to walk between Meningie's school and kindergarten; Lions Memorial Park would get new lights; and a preliminary design would be drawn up for a town skate park.

Coomandook would also get a new footpath along the Dukes Highway, from the general store to the school, including a pedestrian crossing.

At Raukkan, $68,000 would be spent powering, lighting and air conditioning the original home of missionary George Taplin, now a museum.

Peake would get netball court upgrades and new public toilets; Sherlock would get toilets, too; a plan would be produced for the future of Coonalpyn's caravan park and swimming pool; and Tintinara's netball courts and football clubrooms would be improved.

Five towns' cemeteries would also get minor upgrades.

Consultant Peter Bond said the projects had been chosen because they fit the federal government's criteria and would be easy to deliver - most would not need detailed design work or development approval.

Councillor Neville Jaensch noted that the list had "spread the joy" between towns, and Cr Glynis Taylor agreed that there was "something for everyone".

The projects need to be approved by the federal government, which could take until the end of March.

If they are, the Peake netball courts and Tintinara oval upgrades will hopefully be completed in time for football and netball matches in May, and the rest of the projects by June 30.

The council has yet to decide how to spend another $700,000 in drought funding, which is intended to spur economic activity across the district during a lean year.