Apr 27, 2009

$3.5 million to help build new Ryde Community and Sports Centre

$3.5 million to help build new Ryde Community and Sports Centre


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 27 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Maxine McKew, Member for Bennelong today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer up to $3.5 million for a new Community and Sports Centre in North Ryde.

Mr Albanese and Ms McKew made the formal announcement today in North Ryde with Mayor Vic Tagg.

The funding for this project, which will be managed by the Ryde City Council, is from the Government’s $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

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

The project will meet increased local demand for sport and involve the construction of a new multipurpose hall at the ELS Hall Park.

The development will provide about 2,175 square metres of floor space which replaces existing sporting facilities with additional multi-use areas. The development will include:

  • indoor sports court for local teams;
  • seating and new equipment; and
  • community meeting space and office space for community groups.

Not only is this project expected to generate local construction activity but it will also deliver lasting benefits for the community.

This funding builds on more than $380,000 already delivered to Ryde City Council for a smaller-scale local community project.

The Rudd Labor Government is working in partnership with local government to fund more than 3,000 community projects across Australia that will support jobs, stimulate local economies and deliver long-term benefits for communities.