Funding a ‘great opportunity’ for Haslam

REDEVELOPMENT: Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber with Haslam residents at Doc Woods Reserve, back: Peter Eylward; middle: Jenny Eylward, Annie Watkinson; front: Ann Thredgold and Yvonne Watkinson. Picture: Luca Cetta
REDEVELOPMENT: Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber with Haslam residents at Doc Woods Reserve, back: Peter Eylward; middle: Jenny Eylward, Annie Watkinson; front: Ann Thredgold and Yvonne Watkinson. Picture: Luca Cetta

The Streaky Bay District Council has received $41,650 for the redevelopment of Doc Woods Reserve in Haslam as part of a grant from the state government’s Open Spaces and Places for People program.

It is one of 27 councils across the state to share in $7 million to go towards upgrades of public spaces such as reserves, playgrounds and walking and cycling trails.

The Haslam grant will see the reserve redeveloped and work includes the renewal and delineation of pathways and replanting of the reserve with native plants, the replacement of the picnic table and small shade shelter, a footbridge and playground to be installed, the installation of a fence around the recreation area and a welcome sign.

Streaky Bay mayor Travis Barber said it was a “great opportunity” for the town.

“We are looking to spend money on the town given the amount of tourists coming through there,” he said.

“This helps tidy up the place and every dollar counts in that regard.

“We are seeing a lot of tourists go through and staying at Haslam and it is a pretty little town.”

Mr Barber did not have an exact time-frame, but said he expected work to commence on the redevelopment within the next few months.

He said it was a reward for the residents, who were “self-sufficient” and worked together to keep the area tidy and looked after the caravan park.

The trail is one of 27 projects co-funded by the local councils chosen out of 66 applications to share in the fund.

Minister for Planning John Rau said the state government continued its commitment to grassroots projects which directly benefit local communities.

“Ongoing investment into quality open spaces is a key driver in making local communities more attractive, accessible and liveable.”

Local Government Minister Geoff Brock said these projects would provide a boost for local communities by providing enhanced recreational facilities for residents to enjoy and helping councils stage community events which bring visitors to their regions.

“People living in our regions take great civic pride in their towns and cities and I know this funding will be welcomed and greatly appreciated by those local communities,” he said.

“The provision of ample open spaces and places plays an important role in the morale and well-being of all local residents.”