SAFA is supporting local government and community infrastructure projects with the recent announcement of the State Government’s economic stimulus package - Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program (LGIPP).

This stimulus package is part of the government’s injection to the state’s strong ongoing jobs and economic recovery from COVID-19.

Treasurer Rob Lucas announced 57 shovel-ready projects will be funded via LGIPP, with the government injecting $106.9 million in stimulus, which unlocks a further $118.5 million in matching council investment and some Commonwealth funding.

The total stimulus program is estimated to be somewhere in the order of $270 million to $290 million.

The program will help deliver projects such as recreation and aquatic centre developments, new roads, a super playground and upgrade of Thebarton Theatre. It is also expected to support hundreds of local construction jobs, with construction required to begin within the next 12 months.

Examples of projects to be built including the corresponding State Govt grant include:

  1. Salisbury Recreation Precinct Redevelopment, City of Salisbury - $7.18m
  2. Mount Barker Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Mt Barker District Council - $7.3m
  3. Greenwith Community Campus, City of Tea Tree Gully - $6m
  4. Thebarton Theatre Upgrade, City of West Torrens - $4m
  5. Thorndon Park Super Playground, Campbelltown City Council - $1.25m
  6. High-risk intersection upgrades, Coorong District Council - $900,000
  7. Dover Street Open Space Reserve, City of Port Adelaide Enfield - $1.3m
  8. Regional Commodity & Freight Roads upgrade, District Council of Barunga West with Yorke Peninsula Council and District Council of Copper Coast - $2.56m
  9. Wandilo Rd to Wireless Rd West Shared walk/cycle path extension and solar light installation project, City of Mount Gambier - $800,000
  10. Cuttlefish Coast Sanctuary Tourism & Conservation Project, City of Whyalla - $2.06m

The successful projects were endorsed by the Treasurer upon recommendation of an independent panel, comprising Treasury and Office of Local Government officials, with each of the 58 councils* that submitted applications being awarded funding for at least one of their eligible^ projects.

A full list of successful projects can be found on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

*Not all councils submitted applications for consideration

^To be eligible: projects must:

  • contribute to the future economic growth of the region; or
  • support the Government’s Growth State agenda; or
  • improve local infrastructure facilities for businesses and community organisations to enable them to grow in the future; or
  • upgrade key community facilities.
  • Council must match State LGIPP grant funding, contributions from third parties may not be used to match the state LGIPP contribution, but may be used to support projects.
  • No other State grant funding can be received for the project
  • Construction must commence within 12 months of approval
  • Projects must not be already fully funded in council’s 2020-21 budget
  • Council project expenditure must be in addition to existing expenditure plans
  • Councils must maximise the use of local contractors during the construction phase

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