May 4, 2009

$2.3 million for Wembley Park Sports Precinct redevelopment

$2.3 million for Wembley Park Sports Precinct redevelopment


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 4 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, has announced that the Rudd Labor Government will offer $2.3 million towards the Wembley Park Sports Precinct in Box Hill South Melbourne.

Mr Albanese made the announcement with the Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke, the Member for Deakin, Mike Symon, and the Mayor of Whitehorse, Helen Harris.

The Rudd Government is contributing the lion’s share of this $2.4 million project.

This 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 projects like to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The Wembley Park project will provide modern, high quality sporting infrastructure to meet increasing demand for sport, particularly soccer, in Melbourne’s east.

Federal funding will contribute to construction works, which is expected to include:

  •  Construction of a new soccer pavilion and community facility;
  •  Refurbishment of the existing Grandstand and change rooms;
  •  Re-roofing of the former municipal incinerator building to enable proper use;
  •  Re-sealing, line marking, drainage works, kerb and channel works for existing car park; and
  •  Installation of lighting, signage and fencing.

The redevelopment will satisfy the requirements of Football Federation Victoria for a ‘Class A’ venue, and accommodate demand from a number of sporting codes such as rugby union, archery, skating and BMX riding.

The funding announced today builds on the nearly $555,000 we have already delivered for four local infrastructure projects in the City of Whitehorse.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is on infrastructure, with construction of projects already underway.

More than 3,000 projects are being funded by the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support jobs and deliver long-term benefits to our local communities.