Tumby Bay District Council will be able to move ahead with its stormwater plan after receiving nearly $2.5 million in funding.
The council was announced as a successful recipient of funds from the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.
The project has been in the council’s long term financial plan for at least four years and has been factored into corresonding budgets.
The council’s chief executive officer Trevor Smith said this grant funding would allow the development of industrial and commercial land and position it for future economic growth in Tumby Bay aligned with other developments such as the Cape Hardy port.
“On the flooding side it will protect existing infrastructure, private residences and businesses and along with everything existing allow industrial development … allow for expansion of the industrial and commercial area,” he said.
Works will include 1.8 kilometres of stormwater drain swale, eight road culvert upgrades and the reconstruction and upgrade of 2.2 kilometres of flood levee along Tumby Bay airfield’s north side.
Mr Smith said once the funds were in the bank the project would begin within a month and would span two years from start to finish.
Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer expressed gratitude to Regional Development Minister John McVeigh and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey for their support of the project.
Mr Ramsey said it was a big win for Tumby Bay and was a significant investment that would help drive jobs in the town.