May 7, 2009

$2.7 million to demolish & re-build Wauchope-Bonny Hills surf life saving club

$2.7 million to demolish & re-build Wauchope-Bonny Hills surf life saving club

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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, has announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer up to $2.7 million to demolish and re-build the Wauchope-Bonny Hills surf life saving facility on the mid-North Coast of NSW.

Minister Albanese made the announcement at the Wauchope-Bonny Hill Surf Club with the Member for Lyne, Robert Oakeshott.

The funding will replace the 51-year old clubhouse, which has grown more than ten-fold from 30 members to its present membership of 340.

The Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club project has been supported through a strong community campaign.

Today, we are not only responding to the community’s needs but also recognising the potential of this facility to assist tourists and visitors to the mid-North Coast.

I am particularly pleased to be announcing this project on the eve of the Club’s 50th anniversary presentation night.

The construction of a new facility will ensure this essential lifesaving service can be provided in a rapidly growing community – expected to double in the next 10 years.

The Rudd Government’s funding for this $2.88 million project is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through our economic stimulus plan, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The project, which is being managed by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, will reconstruct the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club to provide increased storage for surf life saving equipment, storage bays for additional club equipment, first aid and patrol rooms, gym and training room, a main hall for club use, kitchen and deck.

This funding builds on $1.16 million that the Rudd Labor Government has already delivered for 13 local projects to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council this year.

It brings our investment in local community infrastructure to $3.86 million this year alone.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus plan 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.