Funding for tourists facilities in the state's Far North

FUNDING: Director of Outback Communities Authority Mark Sutton, Beltana community members John Pengilly, Chris Ferguson, Jan Ferguson, Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Jan Tarr (community member), President of the Beltana Progress Association Ngatina Purnell-Webb and Ron Tarr (community member) in front of the Beltana Town Hall.
FUNDING: Director of Outback Communities Authority Mark Sutton, Beltana community members John Pengilly, Chris Ferguson, Jan Ferguson, Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Jan Tarr (community member), President of the Beltana Progress Association Ngatina Purnell-Webb and Ron Tarr (community member) in front of the Beltana Town Hall.

Outback towns in the Flinders Ranges have received a leg up from the state government to help reinvigorate tourist facilities.

Over $50,000 from the Regional Growth Fund will be used to lift the quality of amenities in Parachilna, Yunta, Beltana, Glendambo, Iron Knob, Fowlers Bay and Penong.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the upgrades will draw greater economic opportunities to the towns.

"It's important that when tourists and visitors stop for a break, they have appropriate facilities available as they tour through our outback regions," Mr Whetstone said.

"This infrastructure upgrade will ultimately lead to an increase in visitor numbers to outback South Australia as well, which is a positive for the regional wellbeing."

Upgrades will include new shelters, shade areas, table and chairs, landscaping, interpretive signage, painting of campgrounds, hall renovations, playgrounds and a development of a tourist hub at Beltana.

The Beltana Progress Association raised a total of $16,000 to establish the tourism hub and those funds will be matched by the state government.

Member for Grey Dan van Holst Pellekaan praised the communities for their work in securing financial backing.

"I commend the Progress Associations of Parachilna and Yunta for showing leadership in working to secure a total of $25,000 from the State Government and Outback Communities Authority to undertake landscaping and beautification works on the campground and community park in Parachilna and Yunta hall refurbishment and acquire playground equipment," Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

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

All construction work will be carried out by local volunteers, local contractors and participants in the Remote Jobs in Communities Program (RJCP).

Outback Communities Authority Chair Cecilia Woolford said the upgrades would attract more tourists to the region.

"Thanks to the Regional Growth Fund, our communities will be able to provide high quality facilities for the travelling public," Ms Woolford said.

"This will help to enhance the visitor economy that creates and keeps jobs in outback communities, essential for community sustainability."