Penong and Fowlers Bay helped by Regional Growth Fund

Progress associations in Penong and Fowlers Bay gave been successful in obtaining funds to improve their public spaces for visiting and local families.

The state government has offered the Outback Communities Authority more than $50,000 from its Regional Growth Fund to upgrade tourist access to Parachilna, Yunta, Beltana, Glendambo, Iron Knob, Penong and Fowlers Bay.

The Penong Progress Association has worked with the authority to secure $10,000 to build a shaded shelter and seating as the third stage of its skate park project.

The Fowlers Bay Progress Association was also successful in obtaining $10,000 to go towards two small shelters for a picnic area near the Fowlers Bay jetty.

Penong Progress Association president Tony Shipard said this was an awesome outcome for the community.

"It's very good to get the money for that because the skate park needed a shelter, somewhere for the parents to sit," he said.

"The Outback Communities Authority has helped us out immensely over the years."

Mr Shipard said work recently finished on a fence at the skate park to help keep children off the road and the installation of a shelter would finish off required works.

Fowlers Bay Progress Association chairperson, Dr Robyn Wallace said it was fantastic news and on top of the $7000 received from the federal government's Stronger Communities Program will be a big step towards installing the shelters.

"We're a very small and remote community out here and we're not in a council area so funds mean a great deal to us," she said.

"We're hopeful these shelters will attract tourists and prompt them to stay longer."

Dr Wallace said the association was keen to have the shelters in place in time for the southern right whales to arrive in the bay by late June or early July.

She said the authority had also helped recently with some funding to help with landscaping along the foreshore.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said improved community facilities at Fowlers Bay and Penong were important to attract more visitors to regional South Australia and families to stay.

"The Marshall Liberal Government's investment in the region's tourist facilities illustrates our genuine commitment to small remote communities throughout our state," he said.

"The $150 million Regional Growth Fund is delivering jobs, improved facilities and new opportunities for people right across regional and remote South Australia."

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