May 4, 2009

$3.4 million to help develop new Aquatic Centre in Evan’s Head

$3.4 million to help develop new Aquatic Centre in Evan’s Head

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 04 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, and Kate Ellis, Minister for Sport, have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $3.4 million for the construction of the new Evans Head Aquatic Centre on the NSW’s Far North Coast.

Minister Ellis made the announcement with Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, and Mayor of Richmond Valley Council, Col Sullivan.

The Rudd Government is contributing two-thirds of the funding for this $5.1million project to deliver the long-awaited aquatic centre in Evans Head.

Federal funding 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 package, we are investing in community infrastructure to support jobs and economies during the global recession.

Evans Head is one of the few North Coast towns without a swimming pool. This funding will deliver a project the local community has been championing for 17 years.

Managed by the Richmond Valley Council, it will deliver a state-of-the-art aquatic complex for local families, competitive amateur swimmers, tourists and visitors.

Federal funding will contribute to construction of a modern swimming complex the project, which is expected to include:

  •  A 25-metre swimming pool;
  •  A Children’s wading pool;
  •  A Fitness centre;
  •  An Amenities block and
  •  Energy efficiency projects, including capture and use of rainwater.

Once completed, the new aquatic centre will also deliver swimming lessons to local children and promote water safety.

The funding announced today builds on nearly $535,000 that we have already delivered for 12 local community projects in the Richmond Valley.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure, with construction projects already underway. More than 3,000 projects are being funded by the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support jobs and benefit communities.