May 8, 2009

$3.15 million for Ted Summerton Reserve redevelopment

$3.15 million for Ted Summerton Reserve redevelopment

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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 8 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Anthony Byrne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $3.15 million to help redevelop Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe in Victoria.

The project, which is being managed by the Latrobe City Council, will redevelop the Ted Summerton Reserve into a modern education and recreation community precinct.

Mr Byrne announced the funding in Moe with Latrobe City Council Mayor, Lisa Price.

This project, worth $3.5 million in total, is being funded as part of the Rudd Government’s $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, investments in major projects such as this are being made to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The Reserve’s infrastructure is run down and does not adequately serve the needs of a growing population.

Safety concerns have also been raised as the Reserve, which provides overflow parking for South Street Primary School despite the lack of sealed roads and parking bays.

The precinct project will upgrade existing sporting infrastructure at the Reserve and locate community facilities for local residents as well as the South Street Primary School next door and the new Moe Early Learning Centre.

The project will deliver a range of new and upgraded infrastructure, including:

  •  A new formal entry to the reserve;
  •  Undercover seating to ovals and improvements to oval change room facilities;
  •  Updating the current multi-purpose room and installing a lift for disabled access;
  •  A community playground with a barbecue;
  •  Installation of irrigation systems and storm water harvesting facilities; and
  •  Sealed car parks and roadways.

The funding announced today builds on the $1.6 million the Rudd Government has already delivered for six local infrastructure projects in the Latrobe City Council this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package 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.