An historic Flinders Ranges township will receive a major tourism boost with support from a $63,000 state government Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures grant. A new cafe and a museum at Farina, 325 kilometres north of Port Augusta, will bring more visitors to the region, as well as providing a valuable resource for school field trips.
The grant, announced on April 13, will support the first of two stages of construction, generating seven jobs.
Farina Restoration Group Project Officer Steve Harding welcomed the announcement. “This grant will help us to really promote Farina on the map as a growing tourist destination by supporting the construction of a museum and cafe,” Mr Harding said. “Farina offers a premium food experience with bread baked in its unique, underground bakery.
State Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said this announcement will provide an ‘updated and enhanced destination’ for those travelling to Farina.
“The construction of the cafe and museum will further develop the town as a tourist destination … “
Farina is centrally located to other nearby tourist attractions, including Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges Nationnal Park.
It’s also on the major route to the Marree, Birdsville, and Oodnadatta tracks.
In 2010, the Farina Restoration Group was incorporated to redevelop the town’s tourist potential.
The first building to be restored was the town’s historic underground bakery, which now operates in the winter tourist season.
The $2 million Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program is a once-off grants program, which opened in November 2015 in recognition of the challenges brought about by the downturn of the resources sector and the closure of the Port Augusta power station and Leigh Creek coal mine.
“I congratulate the Farina Restoration Group on the great job they have done in realizing the tourism potential of the township and developing its attractions.
“This is the exactly the type of project we want too support through thee Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program.”