A total of 20 projects will be funded in Round 1, resulting in significant upgrades and new developments of changerooms, playing surfaces and lighting projects through the Grassroots Football, Cricket, Netball Facility Program.

Announced in September 2018, the program has been made possible through a $1 million contribution between SACA and Cricket Australia through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, and a further $1 million contribution from the Australian Football League.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard revealed the successful recipients for the first round of funding on Monday, which will deliver changeroom upgrades for Hope Valley, Berri, Eudunda, Flinders Park, Hackham, Kalandagoo, Karoonda, Northfield, Nuriootpa, Ottoway, Port Broughton and Whyalla.

The funding also includes four lighting upgrades to cricket standards at Tanunda Cricket Club, Mount Barker Regional Sports Hub, and both Bennett Oval and Memorial Oval in Whyalla. These ovals will become some of the first community facilities in the State able to host competitive senior and junior cricket under lights.

Playing surface upgrades will also be welcomed in Whyalla and Port Augusta, as well as at Mount Gambier in the State’s South East.

Another $6 million in State funding will be available through Round 2 of the program later this year, with interested clubs and councils encouraged to make contact as soon as possible with SACA’s Infrastructure Manager Alicia Clutterham at alicia.clutterham@cricket.com.au to express interest in the program.

Full details of the program and the list of Round 1 recipients can be found on the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing website.