May 3, 2009

$3.28 million for Lithgow Sporting & Cultural Precinct

$3.28 million for Lithgow Sporting & Cultural Precinct


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 3 2009

Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese and Member for Macquarie Bob Debus have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer up to $3.28 million towards the upgrade of the Lithgow Sporting and Cultural Precinct.

The Rudd Government is contributing nearly 80 per cent for this $4.16 million project, with Lithgow City Council and the Greater Lithgow Hockey Association contributing the remainder.

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

The project, being managed by the Lithgow City Council, will deliver improved sporting and cultural facilities for the Lithgow district.

The 42-hectare precinct currently accommodates a number of outdoor sports, including hockey, athletics, cricket, soccer and football.

As a regional community, we understand the need for high quality sporting and community infrastructure in Lithgow.

Federal funding will contribute to a range of works, which is expected to include:

  •  precinct improvements at Tony Luchetti Sportsground;
  •  upgrading works to the Civic Ballroom;
  •  a new Skate Park;
  •  upgrades to the Ashley Grandstand; and
  •  resurfacing of the sand-based hockey field at Glanmire Oval.

It builds on $529,000 in funding that we have already delivered to Lithgow City for seven smaller-scale local projects last month.

This brings the Rudd Labor Government’s investment in Lithgow community infrastructure to nearly $4 million this year.

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