The first sods have been turned on the building of the new Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre.
At Sturt Reserve today, Wednesday May 27, representatives of each tier of government, as well as Murray Bridge Rowing Club president Craig Christian officially launched the works on the $2.5 million project.
The new facility will include five rowing sheds, a race control box, multi-purpose function area including kitchen and gym, and a new public toilet.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin, State Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick and Rural City of Murray Bridge mayor Brenton Lewis represented the three levels of government which have contributed to the funding of the build.
Mr Pasin said the rowing facility was a welcome addition to Sturt Reserve.
"Not only is this going to be a great facility for local club members but for the wider economic benefit of the Murraylands," he said.
"I can see Sturt Reserve becoming a destination for rowing and attract visitors from all over the State and the nation. It's a brilliant project for the region.
"Construction beginning now is also a welcome boost to the economy at a tough time, by supporting construction jobs."
Previously, MBRC president Craig Christian said the town had been renowned for its rowing prowess.
"Murray Bridge has arguably the best river rowing course in Australia, and it is fitting that the first regional rowing centre in South Australia is planned for our town," Mr Christian said.
"The proposed Regional Rowing Centre will provide facilities not only for our local rowers but also for visiting crews from Adelaide."
The Federal Government has also contributed to a new War Memorial which will be located at Sturt Reserve.