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A $1 million South Australian Government grant will be used to speed up the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Mount Gambier's rail corridor.
The independent Member for Mount Gambier, Don Pegler, announced yesterday the project had been successful in securing the 'open space' funding.
The city council will match the grant.
Mayor Steve Perryman says stage one has focused on decontaminating the site and adding preliminary infrastructure and the money will allow stage two to go ahead, which includes landscaping, paving, lighting, toilets and a walking and cycle track.
"We think that it will be a fantastic start in terms of a green spine and a linear park from one side of town to the other," he said.
"This is the central parcel [of] land that will be a really active space hopefully and have a lot of use in it."
He has praised the work of staff and councillors in bringing the former railyards to life.
"It's a wonderful piece of news. The project was designed to be able to done in stages and this will effectively mean we can roll straight into the next stage," he said.
"Obviously there's been work going on [at] the site for a couple of months now."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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