Drought funding leads to masterplan implementation

Communities in Pinnaroo and Lameroo will benefit from a $2.25 million investment courtesy of the Building Better Regions Funds.

An image from the Pinnaroo Village Green Masterplan.

An image from the Pinnaroo Village Green Masterplan.

The Southern Mallee District Council has been awarded the funding to help with stages two and three of the Commercial Centres Revitalisation Project.

The council has also committed $750,000 to the projects, taking the overall investment to $4m for the two towns.

The Pinnaroo Village Green Masterplan, and the Lameroo Town Centre Plan Project have had support from their communities during development and consultation over the past 12 months with plans aimed at creating places for fun, culture, recreation, tourism, social connection and economic growth.

Some of the highlights spanning the two plans include a 'big' attraction for Pinnaroo, nature play space, water splash park, public art, extensive RV facilities, improved walking/bike trails, increased parking, refurbished war memorial, shelters, seating, interpretative signage, improved WIFI access, landscaping, plaza developments, pump track, dog park, public toilets, improved pedestrian crossings and more.

Southern Mallee Mayor Andrew Grieger said the plans were a reflection of the passionate communities of the towns.

"We hope both projects will bring local people together more often, strengthen ties across generations, and provide places for more unstructured physical activity which has flow-on effects for health and wellbeing," he said.

"Not only does it mean all members of our community will have these incredible public spaces to use every day, but that our economy will prosper because of the visitor numbers which will grow dramatically once upgrades are complete.

"Locals have long known that Lameroo and Pinnaroo are great little rural towns in which to live, do business and raise a family, but now they'll also be known as great places to visit - and even if we can get 5 per cent more of that Mallee Highway traffic stopping here, it will make a major difference to our economy, help create jobs and sustain our towns long term."

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the grant would allow the council to continue with its masterplan for the towns.

"I really excited to be partnering with the Southern Mallee District Council to see Pinnaroo and Lameroo town centres revilalised," Mr Pasin said.

"It's projects like this that will transform communities and help ensure our productive and vibrant region remains strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term," Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said the grant was in addition to the $1 million the council received under the Drought Communities Program which funded the development of the masterplans for both projects.

He said BBRF projects strengthened local economies, with thousands of jobs expected to be supported throughout regional Australia in times of drought.

"We have seen outstanding outcomes from the first three rounds of the BBRF and this fourth round will continue that trend by funding critical local infrastructure projects." Mr Pasin said.