Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey had the opportunity to visit sites in the Streaky Bay region on Wednesday that had been upgraded thanks to Drought Communities Program funding.
Mr Ramsey joined Streaky Bay District Council staff and councillors on a bus tour of the region after the council completed its drought projects earlier this year.
The projects included the Little Islands Road coastal trail, museum upgrades at Poochera and Streaky Bay, upgrades of the Streaky Bay Racecourse and Streaky Bay Institute, Poochera Oval stormwater storage and development of the Wirrulla campground.
After visiting the Poochera Sports Complex and Poochera Museum, the tour went to Streaky Bay where Mr Ramsey was shown the Little Islands Road coastal trail, plus upgrades at the Streaky Bay National Trust Museum and the Streaky Bay Institute.
He also officially opened upgraded sites at Poochera and Streaky Bay.
Mr Ramsey said the tour showed the $1 million in funding was put to good use by the council.
"Councils are using [the funding] as an opportunity to do projects the community gets the benefit from," he said.
"From our point of view, we wanted them to maximise local spend, using local trades and suppliers wherever possible.
That's what it's about, spending money in their own community."
Streaky Bay council chief executive officer Karina Ewer said the visit was a chance for the council to thank the federal government for their support.
"This was a way to say thanks for the money, that allowed us to undertake projects that we couldn't have afforded otherwise," she said.
"I think he enjoyed it, as we've done a broad range of projects like at the museums, the Institute, and water projects, across the community and not just in Streaky Bay."
While in the region Mr Ramsey also had the chance to visit Minnipa to see projects that had been undertaken there from the Wudinna District Council's drought funding.
Streaky Bay, along with Wudinna and the Ceduna District Council, have been included in the second round of the Drought Communities Program funding, with $1 million to be spent on projects across the community by the end of 2020.
The program aims to fund projects that boost the local economy through stimulating short-term employment in the district and providing a long-term community benefit.
"I hope to see as many useful projects across the region in 12 months time," Mr Ramsey said.