Hundreds of jobs created as Monarto Safari Park visitor center nears completion

The visitor center – made possible by $4.5 million from the Liberal Marshall government – is due to open in March and has already created 136 jobs through construction, with another 89 on the way created for the area when the center will be operational.

The visitor center is the first of three major milestones for Monarto Safari Park with phases two and three seeing the completion of a $40 million hotel at the end of this year and a safari experience for guests in the Wild Africa compound.

Prime Minister Steven Marshall visited the soon to be completed Visitor Center today with Elaine Bensted, EC of Zoos SA, to check on the progress made so far.

“There’s no question about it – this new visitor center is going to be a game-changer for our tourism offerings here in South Australia and, more importantly, for the Murray Bridge area,” the premier said. Marshall.

“With international borders opening soon, the timing of this visitor center is perfect. In fact, the new site will have the capacity to allow an additional 55,000 people to experience Monarto Safari Park each year.

“It means more investment for the local region, our state, and more jobs as a result,” Premier Marshall said.

Elaine Bensted, CE of Zoos SA, said she was delighted the Center was opening and attracting new familiar visitors.

“When it opens at the end of March, the Visitor Center will provide a fantastic welcome to our members and visitors and has the capacity to accommodate an additional 55,000 people per year as well as expanding educational offerings for school-aged students. and higher in South Australia. visit Monarto Safari Park,” Ms Bensted said.

“Benefits for the region include job growth with the construction of the center creating 136 jobs and 89 permanent positions for the region. Additionally, the development of the Visitor Center, on-site accommodation by private investor Gerry Ryan and the Wild Africa Safari Experience will attract more visitors to the Murraylands area, making it an extremely valuable and valuable project. job creator.

“The architecturally designed building, by local architectural firms Intro and studio-gram, features an indoor and outdoor cafe, natural play areas, retail and ample parking as well as fantastic views of the plains of Monarto.

“The Center is the launch pad for a day of exploring our site, connecting with nature, learning about endangered animals, sustaining our planet and ensuring the survival of species.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received,” Ms Bensted said.

The visitor center project has received $11.25 million in funding from the Australian government and $4.55 million from the state government for a total cost of $16.8 million to build the new entrance and visitor center. The rural town of Murray Bridge also contributed to the project with the construction of a new ramp from Monarto Road.

“The Monarto Safari Park Visitor Center is a world-class destination in South Australia, a destination that connects people to wildlife and a facility that is instrumental in researching and conserving our world’s species,” said Aaron Mossop of Mossop Construction + Interiors.

“Our team has been passionate about these important goals from the start and now that the project is nearing completion, we look forward to seeing the community enjoy the fantastic new facilities and interact with wildlife,” said Aaron.

Introductory director Terry Boxall believes the design, in collaboration with Studio Gram, represents people’s connection to the environment through education and history.

“The design reflects an understanding that conservation begins with a humanity that has an appreciation for nature. It was important to us to create a memorable transition experience from Australia to Africa where each visitor leaves with a greater knowledge and as an ambassador of Monarto Safari Park.

Key build stats so far:

  • Local involvement, workforce employed directly by MCI of Murray Bridge, service site of the local catering company.
  • 50 people on average per day on site
  • More than 50,000 hours of work on site
  • 28,000 m2 car park
  • More than 1500 m2 of Corten wall covering
  • 2500m2 of roof

Clifton L. Boyd