Boosting community connection through Pinnaroo's town centre

Pinnaroo's town centre is set to be revitalised through plans put together by the Southern Mallee District Council, with the help of the community.

The council received $1 million in the extension grant from the federal government's Drought Communities Program, and this will be split equally between Pinnaroo and Lameroo to fund the first stages of master plans for both towns.

The plans aim to create "vibrant, community-focused spaces" in the heart of both towns, and consultation on Pinnaroo's draft concepts has just finished, preparing the council for the next step.

In the Pinnaroo Village Green Masterplan, the council has planned to freshen up the land alongside the disused rail corridor which runs through the middle of the town.

Along with improving the open space areas and adding more trees along the street, there is also plans to improve access for RVs, caravans and large vehicles, create an entry plaza for the museum, refurbish the war memorial and upgrade the clock.

There would also be a civic square installed, with upgrades to the fountain, rotunda, gardens, footpath, seating, shelter and barbecue, and Railway Terrace North and Railway Terrace South will be better linked.

If more grant funding is secured, future plans include a new nature play area which features a flying fox, water play, new wetlands, and bike and walking paths.

The council also has provision for a 'big' attraction, or something like a sculpture or interactive artwork, to "help put Pinnaroo on the map".

While the plans are only in their draft form, community consultation has been collected and the council will include this in its considerations.

Council chief executive Jason Taylor said the community had been "actively involved" in shaping the concept plans, which he believed would "set out the future direction" of both towns receiving funding.

He expected the revitalisation of Pinnaroo's town centre would allow locals to become more socially connected, with more chances for gathering and recreation in more accessible and enjoyable spaces.

"Both projects will also breathe new life into the hearts of these towns, creating new economic growth opportunities by developing attractive, central hubs that will draw visitors off the highway to discover more and stay longer," Mr Taylor said.

"As a small regional Council, delivering projects of this magnitude can be a real challenge, so we are grateful to the Australian Government for the funding assistance, which will help us take the first steps towards making these plans for revitalisation of our towns."

Once the plans are finalised, locals can expect to see stage one of the works completed by the end of 2020, as this is a federal government guideline given regarding the drought funding.

The Council has also applied for a further $3 million in funding through the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to assist in funding future stages of both projects.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the fresh town centres would help bring back connection within the communities which had been impacted by consecutive years of drought.

"The Drought Communities Program has already delivered for Lameroo and Pinnaroo communities with new childcare facilities. Extending the program to give the council an additional $1 million will go that extra step to boosting the towns infrastructure," he said.

For more information on both projects, visit www.southernmallee.sa.gov.au.

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