May 8, 2009

$2.4 towards Mirrabooka Centre revitalisation project

$2.4 towards Mirrabooka Centre revitalisation project

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 8 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $2.4 million towards the revitalisation of Mirrabooka’s town centre in the City of Stirling.

Senator Evans made the announcement in Mirrabooka today with the Mayor of the City of Stirling, Cr David Boothman.

"The funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history," said Senator Evans.

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

Projects such as this will encourage economic investment and deliver lasting benefits for the Mirrabooka community. The project will improve ageing infrastructure and create a new, unified hub for the community.

The project, will be managed by the City of Stirling, is expected to support jobs and provide a direct stimulus to the local economy.

The overall project will include:

  •  Expansion and refurbishment of the existing bus station;
  •  Development of a community town square; and
  •  Construction of a new main street.

The Mirrabooka revitalisation project addresses safety concerns at the bus station as well as increasing use of the bus station for the community.

The revitalisation will also attract new investment opportunities in commercial, residential and retail.

This funding builds on more than $620,000 already announced for eight local infrastructure projects in the City of Stirling. It brings the Rudd Government’s investment in City of Stirling community infrastructure to more than $4 million 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 Community Infrastructure Program to support local jobs and benefit communities.