Market Sq set for overhaul

NARACOORTE'S Market Square is set to get a $200,000 overhaul thanks to Naracoorte Lucindale Council securing a State Government grant.

Funding of $100,000 must be matched dollar for dollar by the council with the project required to be completed by February 2015.

Mayor Erika Vickery said Market Square was one of three grants council applied for.

It was also successful in securing $80,000, which council will match, for improved main street access; but it was unsuccessful with its third application to re-roof the public libary.

Mrs Vickery said securing two of the three grants was a good result.

"Forward planning is really paying off," she said.

"It is giving us an opportunity to address issues that have been brought forward by the community during planning and scoping.

"These two grants give us a really good kick-start on two projects we have been wanting to do for a while."

At council's last sport and recreation meeting, committee members were asked to have a look at the concept plans for Market Square.

Mrs Vickery said upgraded bathroom facilities and parking arrangements were deemed to be top priorities.

"We have been looking into a couple of things that were highlighted at the meeting," she said.

"With parking we want to make it safe and for all vehicles - caravans, buses, cars.

"The dog exercise area received positive feedback but there was some concern about plantings and shrubs as it would create a screening around the children's play areas."

The upgrade will include drainage works on Globe St.

Market Square is an open space area which attracts a wide variety of users - schools, tourists, local residents, BMX riders and the drag racing club.

It has a playground, barbeque facilities, picnic shelter, basketball half court and a skate park.

Mrs Vickery said the purpose of the improved main street access was to make it easier for people with disabilities to get around.

"We've had a lot of feedback from the community about kerbing being too high from the car park to the path so the aim is to correct some of those issues," she said.

A disability working group, which includes community members, has been formed to look at this issue and others concerning access to businesses and other areas in the Naracoorte CBD.

The State Government partnered with the Local Government Association to deliver 100 local council projects - including the two received by Naracoorte Lucindale Council.

Planning Minister John Rau said $7.5 million in funding for the projects would be handed out which would then be matched with a dollar for dollar commitment by the recipients.

"This funding will enable 104 projects across the state to go ahead," Mr Rau said. 

"These are smaller scale community infrastructure projects and fast tracking their delivery will help stimulate local economies and benefit communities. 

"Over 600 additional jobs will be created through these stimulus projects." 

Other projects being supported around SA include playground upgrades or new playgrounds, upgrades to bike and walking tracks and boat ramp upgrades. 

"These are things local communities have identified as being a priority in their area," Mr Rau said. 

"These projects are all things that improve local residents experience in their community." 

LGA acting president mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said Council works projects had a great economic impact directly and via local contractors. 

"There's a double benefit," she said. 

"Bringing projects forward with State funding can make the difference for small businesses struggling as a result of the economy but it also delivers the upgraded facilities to the community earlier."

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