A $20 million dollar function centre in Murray Bridge has been unveiled.
After 11 years of development, The Bridges Function Centre at Gifford Hill was officially opened on Monday 13 May with a ribbon cutting by Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP.
Mayor of the Rural City of Murray Bridge Breton Lewis said it is huge news for the region.
"It will enable us to do a lot of things that we've wanted to do for a long time. We've always lacked a suitable venue and we've always lacked enough accomodation to support a venue... so the centre itself is a game changer for the racing club, game changer for the racing industry, a game changer for Murray Bridge," Mayor Lewis said.
The new Gifford Hill racecourse development – which includes a state-of-the-art racetrack and function centre – is a landmark project for both South Australian racing and Murray Bridge.
The event on Monday was a significant milestone in the project, which was jointly funded, with a Federal Government contribution of $5 million.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said he was looking forward to seeing the new facility up and running at the first race meeting scheduled for July.
“I secured $5 million from the Federal Government for the Gifford Hill project because I know that the project will provide economic uplift, jobs growth and business participation for the region,” he said.
“Local projects like this are vital for regional communities. I’m really excited to see the new facility off and racing, and the benefits flowing through to the Murraylands region.”
It will be the largest event and conferencing venue in regional SA, with a seating capacity of over 600 people for a single function and and will employ several dozen staff.
It is due to open for business on 10 August 2019 to coincide with the precint’s first horse races.
Image: Ribbon Cutting, supplied Tony Pasin's office