May 7, 2009

$2 million for new Cultural & Leisure Centre at Lennox Head

$2 million for new Cultural & Leisure Centre at Lennox Head


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 $2 million towards the new Cultural and Leisure Centre in Lennox Head on the NSW North Coast.

The announcement was made by Minister Albanese with the Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot and the Ballina Shire Mayor, Phillip Silver.

The Lennox Head Cultural and Leisure Centre plan goes back nine years to 2000.

Today the Rudd Government’s funding will ensure that this community vision can be realised.

Federal funding for this $7.4 million Ballina Shire Council-managed project 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 plan, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The new facility will provide:

  •  A combined community and sports hall, library, youth centre, child-minding area and meeting rooms;
  •  Space for sporting events such as basketball and netball;
  •  A dedicated youth activity space and adjacent skate park catering to much-needed activities for the children and youth of the community; and
  •  Space to accommodate 750-1,000 people and be able to cater for large community gatherings and functions, as well as exhibitions, school holiday programs and community concerts and theatre productions.

This funding builds on more than $710,000 that the Rudd Labor Government has already delivered for local community infrastructure in the Ballina Shire this year.

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 Community Infrastructure Program to support local jobs and deliver long-lasting benefits to communities.