May 1, 2009

$2 million for Wherrett Park Indoor Sports Centre in Maclean

$2 million for Wherrett Park Indoor Sports Centre in Maclean


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 1 2009

Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese and Attorney General Robert McClelland have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer up to $2 million towards a new indoor sports centre at Wherrett Park in Maclean.  

The Attorney made the announcement with Mayor Richie Williamson.

The Rudd Government is contributing the lion’s share of funding – more than 90 per cent – for this $2.2 million project.

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

We are investing in community and sporting facilities like this to support jobs and stimulate local economies during the global economic recession.

The project, being managed by the Clarence Valley Council, will deliver a much-needed indoor sport complex for Maclean residents and the mid-North Coast.

The 14-hectare park currently caters for a number of outdoor sports including cricket, soccer and hockey.

As a growing regional community, we understand there’s a need for sporting and community infrastructure locally. Federal funding will contribute to construction, which is expected to include:

  •  a sprung timber floor for a range of indoor sports;
  •  a basketball/netball court;
  •  three squash courts;
  •  upper level multi-purpose space for sporting and community groups; and
  •  amenities, kiosk and car parking.

It builds on more than $1.4 million in funding that we have already delivered to Clarence Valley for 24 smaller-scale local projects this year.

This brings Rudd Government investment in Clarence Valley community infrastructure to more than $3.6 million in the last four months.

More than 3,000 community projects are being funded by the Rudd Labor Government across Australia to support jobs and deliver benefits for communities.