May 4, 2009

$3.6 million for Tamborine Mountain Sport & Recreation Complex

$3.6 million for Tamborine Mountain Sport & Recreation Complex

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 Sports Minister, Kate Ellis today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer up to $3.6 million to commence the new Tamborine Mountain Sport and Recreation Complex in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Minister Ellis made the announcement today with the Member for Forde, Mr Brett Raguse and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

The Government is funding just over half of the $7.5 million Stage One of this Complex.

This 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 major projects like to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

Federal funding will contribute to Stage One of the Complex, which is expected to build:

  •  Five outdoor playing fields;
  •  Two netball courts;
  •  A clubhouse;
  •  Change rooms; and
  •  Associated landscaping, lighting, fencing and car parking.

The site of the Complex, which is owned by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, is currently used to graze cattle and contains remains of old farm sheds.

This project will redevelop, over the long-term, about 15 hectares of land into a major regional sporting complex for competitive and recreational sports, as well facilities for business conventions and seminars.

It will help cement Tamborine Mountain’s reputation as a premier tourist destination and provide state-of-the-art sporting infrastructure for residents.

The funding announced today builds on more than $665,000 that the Rudd Government has already delivered for three local projects in the region this year.

This brings Rudd Government investment in community infrastructure in the Gold Coast Hinterland to nearly $4.3 million 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.