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Renmark Club opens in a resurgent Riverland
The transformed Renmark Club was officially opened last week amidst optimism the region’s economy is diversifying.
Minister for Regional Development Gail Gago said there were a number of projects, such as the club’s renovation, being funded through the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund (RSFF), and the Riverland was buzzing as a number of other funding initiatives also come into play.
"The $265 million Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Program we and the community fought hard for and won will have incredibly significant positive impacts on the region," Ms Gago said.
"It is expected that this $265 million investment will result in around $1 billion in economic activity; the RSFF alone has thus far delivered around $16 million for 27 projects which will lead to an estimated 219 jobs and generate more than $33 million in investment.
"The $3 million renovation of the Renmark Club which I’m pleased to be opening tonight is just one example of the many positive initiatives happening in the Riverland and surrounds.
"This Government – which provided over $1 million to the project – knows that vibrant, sustainable regional businesses are the backbone of the State, and are committed to supporting them," Ms Gago said.
Renmark Club General Manager Brenton Franks said the revamped club was already proving to be a major drawcard for the region.
"We’ve already held several functions and have received great feedback on the renovation and the enhanced view of the Murray River, which is the main attraction of course."
Minister Gago said funding for other projects was also reaping benefits as well.
"South Australian family business Nippy’s, for example, recently completed a $9.9 million expansion and upgrade of its Waikerie and Moorook facilities, helped with a $2.61 million State Government grant," Ms Gago said.
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