May 24, 2010

$1.25 million for new visitor information centre in Derby

Funding for new visitor information centre in Derby

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 24 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $1.25 million to construct a new tourist and visitor information centre at Derby in Western Australia.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government, said that this project was worth a total of $2.9 million.

“It is expected to support 10 jobs during construction, as well as another two over the longer term.

“This is about creating jobs in the local economy today while delivering lasting benefits for the community.

“By providing better information and services for visitors, the new facility will encourage tourists to explore this spectacular part of Australia and help develop the tourism industry into the future,” he said.

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley project is expected to include:

  • Construction of a new and larger visitor and tourist information centre on Loch Street to enable additional displays, activities and services;
  • Greater involvement of the new Centre to Indigenous tourist services in the area, as well as developing careers for Indigenous school leavers; and
  • Use of energy conservation, temperature stabilisation and other green technologies.

Mr Albanese said that the funding for this project was part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which was delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects across the nation.

“Across Australia, we are building and modernising community facilities, including town halls, libraries, community centres and sports grounds.

“The Government is partnering with local government to support the economy while building community infrastructure for the future,” he concluded.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.