Barossa Council Update


Barossa Council Update

September, 2021

New inclusive play space

Adventure play, creative play and facilities for people with mobility and sensory needs are key elements of a new inclusive and intergenerational playground at Tanunda Oval.

The $813,000 investment is another pillar of Council’s Big Project and will feature elements such as green space, water, light and shade.

The playground will be located adjacent Bilyara Road to activate the Tanunda Recreation Park precinct. Features include climbing and elevated play; quiet areas for reflective, sensory play; youth and social spaces, plus toilets, shade and seating.

The project is supported with State Government funding of $330,000 through the Places for People program. It promotes community participation, recreation and social inclusion.

>> Barossa Rams Rugby Club representatives Fraser Vivian and Alan Bland, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard, Liberal candidate for Schubert Ashton Hurn, Mayor Bim Lange, Rams representative Mark Cooper and Deputy Mayor Russell Johnstone.

New home for Barossa Rugby

When it comes to rugby, there’s “a jersey for everyone,” says Alan Bland from Barossa Rams Rugby Club.

The code has been given a major boost with a funding injection of $995,000 through the State Government’s Office of Recreation, Sports and Racing Grassroots Facilities Program to build a new $2.7 million dedicated home for rugby adjacent the Rex.

Facilities will include a rugby pitch and three touch football pitches, LED lighting, all use changerooms, clubrooms with function space and storage.

It means Barossa Rams Rugby Club will relocate from Lyndoch Oval – where shared playing facilities are at a premium – to pave the way for further upgrades at that location. The rapidly-growing club has supported the relocation with a $10,000 cash payment and $300,000 loan in partnership with Council.   

Junior oval supports grassroots sports

A new junior oval at Tanunda Recreation Park as part of Council’s Big Project is set to bring junior and senior footy players together on match day, creating more opportunities for participation in grassroots sports.

Tanunda Football Club president Kym Underwood says the investment in a junior oval will be great for players, parents and spectators alike.

“A lot of other clubs are already doing this – it means canteen helpers, umpires and officials are all centralised on one day, which supports our club to run more efficiently,” Kym says.

Tanunda Cricket Club is also set to benefit with three new practice nets plus shedding.

The $1.45 million redevelopment includes $580,700 in funding through the State Government’s Office of Recreation, Sports and Racing Grassroots Facilities Program.

New town entry signage for the Barossa

Council has unveiled the design of contemporary new town entry signage for Barossa townships.

The design by local company brady&co is inspired by the Barossa Ranges, the most recognisable and common iconic element linking each of our towns.

Mayor Bim Lange says more than 40 architectural signs will be installed in townships throughout the Barossa.

“Our town signs say a lot about who we are,” Mayor Lange says. “We wanted to create a contemporary visual statement that matches our premium reputation while paying tribute to our heritage, traditions, landscape and history.”

The signs retain the settlement dates of each community, and the metal finish is both beautiful and structurally robust to minimise graffiti or damage.

The project received Australian Government funding through the Drought Communities Programme (DCP Extension), which provided $1 million towards four initiatives that support economic recovery for the region.


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