May 7, 2009

$2.1 million towards Multipurpose Centre in Tully

$2.1 million towards Multipurpose Centre in Tully

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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 7 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, have announced the Rudd Government will offer $2.1 million towards the Tully Multipurpose Centre in Far North Queensland.

Tully is reputedly the wettest place in Australia with average rainfall in excess of 4,000 millimetres a year – the community needs indoor and covered facilities for sport and community events.

Currently, Tully has no adequate space large enough to host major sporting or cultural events.

This project, worth more than $6.1 million in total, will deliver space for a range of community, sporting, cultural, performance and educational activities.

This federal funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The centre, which is being managed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, will be valuable facility for residents who currently have to travel to either two hours to Cairns or two and a half hours to Townsville.

The major design elements for the multi-purpose centre include:

  •  an indoor sports centre;
  •  an outdoor sports centre with two courts;
  •  arts/cultural areas including stage, dressing rooms, lighting, acoustic treatment;
  •  a hall and auditorium with retractable seating; and
  •  a foyer, toilets, kiosk, kitchen and servery and office and storage areas.

This funding builds on nearly $360,000 that the Rudd Labor Government has already delivered for eight local projects in the Cassowary Coast Regional Council this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure with construction projects already underway. More than 3,000 projects are being funded through the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support local jobs.