The new $1.2 million Paringa Backpackers Resort officially opened today, offering accommodation for seasonal workers and tourists to the Riverland region of South Australia.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project was fully funded through an Australian Government grant from the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Programme (SARMS) Regional Development and Innovation Sub Programme.
“This project is part of the $25 million South Australian Regional Economic Development Element of the SARMS National Partnership Agreement,” Minister Nash said.
“The programme aims to promote a healthy environment, strong communities and a productive economy through the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and associated reforms and initiatives.”
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Paringa Backpackers Resort will provide affordable year round ‘backpacker’ style accommodation for tourists and seasonal and itinerant workers.
“The new facilities can accommodate up to 236 people in 28 purpose built self-contained cabins,” Mr Pasin said.
“The resort includes two outdoor cooking areas, outdoor seating for 70 people, gardens and a swimming pool, a workshop with amenities and a training facility to accommodate 240 people along with two manager’s residences.
“Eight jobs were created during the project’s construction phase and four jobs will be ongoing to manage the accommodation park.”
The $265 million SARMS programme, which is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by South Australia’s Primary Industries and Regions SA, was conceived through the Water Industry Alliance’s River Murray Improvements Program proposal and negotiated as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan package.