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15 Oct 2021

Horse tram receives federal support | The Times, Victor Harbor

Michael Simmons - The Times, Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority had a great win out of funding from the Federal Government.

Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan said the government's investment would deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the region, as it invested in the future of Mayo with $3,180,262 in funding for 11 projects under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fun.

The Victor Harbor Horse Tram Stable and VIP Centre Construction and Upgrade received $203,000.

"The government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve," Mr McLachlan said.

"We are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These projects are each vitally important for communities across Mayo and the Fleurieu Peninsula and are worthy recipients of funding through the Building Better Regions Fund.

"I look forward to seeing them progress and benefitting locals and tourists alike in this beautiful region. I have worked closely with local councils and community groups. It's great to be part of a government that will listen to and deliver for our community."

In August at a special City of Victor Harbor council meeting elected members supported $95,000 in the Capital Budget in 2021/22 for the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram Authority Office Renovations.

Councillor Carol Schofield has had a passion for the horse tram and its importance to the city for the seven years she has served the community of Victor Harbor.

"Horse tram merchandising is important and if open every day could bring in a lot more funds. On this year's figures there has been a growth of 62 percent, so it is delivering what the chamber and the community have asked," Cr Schofield said.

"Everyone has asked for the horse tram to improve financially and that is what this funding can do."

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