On Friday, May 29, Minister for Emergency Services and Minister for Sport and Recreation Corey Wingard and Member for Finniss David Basham not only presented a cheque for $4.89 million to the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club for their new development, but also made appearances at the Goolwa Sporting Precinct and South Coast SES in Port Elliot.
Mr Wingard presented $800,000 to the Goolwa Sporting Precinct and at the South Coast SES, awarded Premiers Certificate and 1st Clasp to National Medal, 25 years service to Fred Brehin and 3rd Clasp to National Medal, 45 years service to Bob Suba.
Bob Suba received it for a combined 45 years service, 32 years of which were with the with SES. Other years were with the Military.
Alexandrina Council secured $800,000 to commence Stage One of the multi-stage Goolwa Oval Sporting Precinct project, with council set to contribute $2.475 million across the life of the project.
Construction is set to begin in September 2020.
The state government funding comes via round two of the Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program.
"On behalf of the Alexandrina community, I would like to thank Minister Wingard for this generous funding commitment and confidence in our local grassroots sporting programs," Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes said.
The master plan includes a new 1194m2 integrated multi-use sporting club room facilities; four new unisex change rooms; four new and upgraded tennis and netball courts; new cricket training facilities; new croquet pitches; a new football warm-up area, new dedicated lighting; new shared paths linking the precinct with Goolwa's CBD; open green spaces with gazebos, barbecues and seating; new roadways and visitor car parks; and a new charity bookshop and storage shed.
"I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of our local Member for Finniss, David Basham, who advocated on behalf of council to the state government to help bring it to fruition," Mr Parkes said.
The Goolwa Oval facility is currently leased to the Goolwa Recreation Grounds Committee, who sub-lease it to the various user groups including sporting clubs.
Alexandrina chief executive officer, Glenn Rappensberg said the project would bring many positive benefits to the wider region.
"This investment by the state government has both social and economic outcomes for our region and will stimulate our local clubs, businesses and community groups by association," Mr Rappensberg said.
Mr Basham said the infrastructure support by the State Government was crucial to the future of the sporting clubs and the community.
"Sport club memberships are on the rise in Goolwa and this has placed stress on the original infrastructure at the oval precinct, some of which dates back to the 1940s. The facility is in urgent need of a major upgrade to accommodate the community's needs," Mr Basham said.
"Alexandrina Council is to be commended for developing a master plan for the precinct's improvement, which is strongly backed by the local community and congratulated for a successful application."