May 2, 2009

$2.95 million for Dalby PCYC sports centre extension

$2.95 million for Dalby PCYC sports centre extension

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 2 2009

Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese and Human Services Minister Joe Ludwig have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer up to $2.95 million for the extension of the PCYC sports centre in Dalby in Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Minister Ludwig made the announcement in Dalby with Deputy Mayor Mick Cosgrove.

The Government is funding more than half of this $4.95 million project.

The funding will be delivered from the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the single largest investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

We are investing in major community and sporting infrastructure to support jobs and stimulate local economies during the global economic recession.

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

  •  A second indoor court for basketball, netball, volleyball and other sports;
  •  Two additional touch football fields with lighting;
  •  Replacement of grass netball courts with six hard courts and lighting;
  •  Larger gym and fitness centre; and
  •  New change rooms and spaces for community and sporting groups.

It will help address demand for sport. It will enable the expansion of both Dalby Netball, which already has 50 teams, and the Touch Football Association with its 80 teams.

Indoor cricket and futsal could also be played at the PCYC centre for the first time.

The PCYC will also have increased capacity to introduce sport and recreation and activities programs for local Indigenous young people.

This funding builds on $2.14 million we have already delivered to Dalby Regional Council for 28 smaller-scale community projects this year.

It brings Rudd Government investment in Dalby regional community infrastructure to $5.1 million this year.

More than 3,000 community projects are being funded by the Rudd Labor Government across Australia, in partnership with local government, to support jobs, stimulate local economies and deliver long-term benefits for communities.