New changeroom and clubroom facilities are on the way at Tanunda Recreation Park as part of The Big Project.
The $4.6 million re-development will include shared clubrooms with seating for 280 people, plus a public lounge; changerooms and umpire rooms; new toilet facilities; and spectator viewing to the oval and tennis/netball courts.
It’s part of a shared vision with SACA and SANFL to develop the Barossa as the best regional sports event tourism destination for AFL and cricket in South Australia.
Barossa Mayor Bim Lange says it’s a big win for grassroots sports and the wider community.
“This project will deliver contemporary facilities to support local participation across men, women and junior competitions, and also attract regional, state and national sports tourism events for the Barossa region,” he said.
The project received $1.5 million funding from the State Government’s Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing.
The Villages, Townships and Trails project is a $20,000 initiative to develop enticing and engaging new digital and print marketing material including maps, inspirational videos, and suggested itineraries.
This latest collaboration between The Barossa Council and Tourism Barossa appeals for people to explore the Barossa, one town at a time.
The townships, villages and trails supported in the project include Angaston, Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Southern Barossa (Lyndoch, Williamstown), Eden Valley, Bethany to Vine Vale trail and Mount Pleasant.
The project seeks to support volunteers and community groups to promote local attractions and tourism products, with the overarching goal of encouraging visitation and experiential tourism.
Work has begun on a new inclusive and intergenerational playground for the Barossa, an investment of more than $1 million as part of The Big Project.
Based on nature play elements such as green space, water, light and shade, the playground will be located adjacent Bilyara Road to activate the Tanunda Recreation Park precinct.
Key features include adventure and creative play, facilities for people with mobility and sensory needs, youth activities and social spaces.
Barossa Mayor Bim Lange said the play space has a focus on inclusion and equipment that supports all-access participation.
“We wanted to create a playground that is intergenerational, where people of all ages can engage in the space in a way that suits them and above all have fun outdoors,” said Mayor Lange.
The project received $330 State Government funding through the Places for People programme.
SANFL has announced The Barossa Council as the successful bidder for the 2023 SA Country Football Championships.
Barossa Mayor Bim Lange welcomed the announcement, saying events like these re-confirm the Barossa as a premier sports tourism events destination.
“We’re excited to be partnering with the SANFL to deliver the 2023 event and will be working collaboratively to identify potential event locations, taking advantage of the significant investment we’ve made in local facilities and venues as part of The Big Project,” he said.
Mayor Lange expects the 2023 event will attract an influx of players, spectators and visitors, creating great spin-offs for local businesses and service providers.