May 6, 2009

$2.3 million towards Ashfield Town Hall redevelopment

$2.3 million towards Ashfield Town Hall redevelopment

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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 6 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer over $2.3 million towards the Ashfield Town Hall upgrade in Sydney’s Inner West.

Minister Albanese made the announcement today with Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy.

The Government’s strategic contribution will help make sure this $14.8 million project proceeds. Federal funding will contribute to upgrades including:

  • maintaining a fully functioning 300-seat theatre and activity space;
  • providing space for a purpose built youth resource facility;
  • an accessible, a purpose built space for an Early Childhood Health Centre; and
  • providing an integrated, inclusive, accessible, multi-purpose civic space that will facilitate accessible government, redevelop the area and revitalise the community.

The centre stage redevelopment will deliver an effective regional base as well as development opportunities for the Ashfield Youth Centre and the Inner West region.

These works will bring it to a new standard of excellence, accommodating additional types and calibre of community arts, performance and exhibition.

This funding builds on nearly $251,000 that the Rudd Government has already delivered for three local projects this year. It brings Rudd Government investment in the Ashfield Council area to over $2.5 million this year.

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

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.

Anthony inspecting plans for the Ashfield Civic Centre redevelopment with councillors Jeannette Wang, Mark Drury and Mayor Ted Cassidy.