May 12, 2009

$2 million towards new Kalgoorlie sporting complex

$2 million towards new Kalgoorlie sporting complex


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 12 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government, today announced that the Rudd Labor Government would offer $2 million towards the new Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex in Kalgoorlie.

This project will support jobs during construction and deliver high quality outdoor sporting infrastructure for sporting clubs and associations in the Goldfields.

The new facility will also meet standards outlined by relevant national and international sports governing bodies.

This funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program, which will be confirmed in tonight’s Budget.

This is the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

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

The project, worth $4.5 million in total, will be managed by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and complement existing infrastructure at its West Lamington site.

It will include the construction of a pavilion, which will provide changing rooms, showers, a kitchen, a first aid room and storerooms.

Funds will also be used to upgrade the DR Morrison Oval, including the installation of lighting and underground power; and relocation of equestrian park facilities.

The funding announced today builds on more than $535,000 already provided to the council for five local infrastructure projects in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus plan is on infrastructure, with construction of projects already underway.

More than 3,000 projects are being funded by the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support jobs and deliver long-term benefits to our local communities.