Funding win for Iron Knob

TOURISM: Iron Knob's tourist facilities will be upgraded as part of a $50,000 investment by the state government with a $7000 contribution by the local community.
TOURISM: Iron Knob's tourist facilities will be upgraded as part of a $50,000 investment by the state government with a $7000 contribution by the local community.

Tourist facilities in Iron Knob are set to receive an upgrade thanks to the tireless work of local volunteers and funding put forward by the state government.

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has been offered $50,010 from the Marshall Liberal Government's Regional Growth Fund to upgrade tourist access to seven remote towns including Iron Knob.

To help make this happen, the Iron Knob community contributed $7000 towards providing power and lighting for the local park and campground.

The Iron Knob Progress Association worked with the Glendambo Progress Association to help secure the state funding, which will see amenities like shelters, playgrounds and shade areas receive a makeover.

Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said improved tourist facilities at Glendambo and Iron Knob were important to attract more visitors to regional South Australia

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

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

Outback Communities Authority Chair Cecilia Woolford said she was grateful for the support from the State Government.

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

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

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