Farina Receives Upper Spencer Gulf Grant To Kick Start Local Economy

Farina Receives Upper Spencer Gulf Grant To Kick Start Local Economy

South Australia Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock

$63,000 Grant For Far North Underground Bakery To Generate Seven Jobs

Victor P Taffa

An historic Flinders Ranges township will receive a major tourism boost with support from a $63,000 State Government Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures grant.

“This grant will help us to really promote Farina on the map as a growing tourist destination by supporting the construction of a museum and café.” Farina Restoration Group Project Officer Steve Harding said.

A new café and a museum at Farina 60 km north of Leigh Creek will bring more visitors to the region, as well as providing a valuable resource for school field trips. The grant will support the first of two stages of construction, generating seven jobs.

“Construction of the café and museum will further develop the town as a tourist destination, as well as creating construction jobs for the region.” Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said.

 

Background

Farina is growing as a tourist destination, even though many of its facilities including the post office and rail line were closed by the 1980’s.

Farina Township is centrally located to other nearby tourist attractions, including Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges National Park, and is on the major route to the Marree, Birdsville, and Oodnadatta tracks.

In 2010, the Farina Restoration Group was incorporated to redevelop the town’s tourist potential.

First building to be restored was the town’s historic underground bakery, which now operates in the winter tourist season.

$2 Million Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program is a once-off grants program, which opened in November 2015 in recognition of the challenges brought about by the downturn of the resources sector and the closure of the Port Augusta power station and Leigh Creek coal mine.

The program supports the delivery of small projects contributing to the economic diversification, resilience and capacity building of Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback communities, creating sustainable economic benefits to the region and the State.

This project aligns with the State Government’s economic priority of ‘Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world’ and ‘South Australia a growing destination choice for international and domestic travellers’.