Emergency Services and Recreation, Sport and Racing Minister Corey Wingard had the opportunity to officially present state government funding for projects and meet with local emergency services groups on Eyre Peninsula last week.
Having visited Port Augusta and Whyalla, Mr Wingard stopped by at Wudinna and Ceduna on Wednesday where he toured project sites and emergency services facilities.
Mr Wingard said the state government was committed to providing the regions with the infrastructure to thrive, including at sporting facilities, CFS and SES stations.
"We are investing $5 million to upgrade CFS stations through Project Renew...while the SES will benefit from a $1 million boost over four years for facility renovations," he said.
"These upgrades help provide the incentive needed to attract more volunteers to the services that require them."
Mr Wingard said sporting clubs were the lifeblood of Eyre Peninsula communities and state government funding of $24 million through the Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facilities Program would assist these communities.
"I have visited regional communities throughout this state and to see the impact this funding is having on local communities after years of neglect from the previous Labor Government is heartwarming."
Mr Wingard met Wudinna mayor Eleanor Scholz and councillor Liz Habermann, and was informed about the Wudinna Skate and Spray project at Apex Park, before presenting a cheque for $368,000 towards the project.
He then handed a cheque for $16,820 to the Wudinna CFS unit for the installation of a new generator to provide a secure back-up system if power is lost.
Ms Scholz said Mr Wingard was "really impressed" with the work at Apex Park.
"It is not only for locals, but also the travelling public to encourage them to stopover, so there is something for everyone," she said.
"Initially we talked about a skate park and now it has moved to a pump track which is a more family-friendly alternative and allows for wider use of skating equipment."
She said they also spoke about the series of upgrade works that are required at the Wudinna swimming pool.
Caralue CFS group officer Craig Jericho said Mr Wingard was impressed with the facilities at the emergency services complex.
"He had a look around the emergency services complex and said we were looking good - it's an older building, but the upkeep was good and he was impressed with it."
Mr Wingard also visited the Ceduna Sailing Club, which is currently undergoing refurbishment, where he presented committee members with a cheque for $135,000.
The club is matching the state government's contribution dollar-for-dollar on its project to improve facilities and safety.
Committee member Brad Bowman said it was a good opportunity to give Mr Wingard a tour of the club.
"It was really good to show him what we've done at the club," he said.
"There is still a bit of work to do, but he was impressed with what we have achieved."
Ceduna SES unit manager Peter Codrington and volunteers then met Mr Wingard at the emergency services site, while he also met with Ceduna's CFS unit.
Mr Codrington said they were able to inform Mr Wingard about the unit's operations and the challenges it faced.
"He thought the unit seemed to be quite well resourced and noted we are at a premium in terms of space, but he was impressed with all the qualifications and experience in the branch," he said.
"He said he realises that in today's setting it is hard getting volunteers as people don't have the free time as once before, and he was also surprised at the distances we cover for some jobs."