May 6, 2009

$3 million to help develop Peninsula Recreation Precinct

$3 million to help develop Peninsula Recreation Precinct

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 6 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Mark Arbib, Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery today announced the Rudd Labor Government would offer more than $3 million for the development of the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach on the NSW Central Coast.

Senator Arbib made the announcement today with Member for Robertson, Belinda Neal and Mayor of Gosford City Council, Chris Holstein.

Federal funding for this $4.3 million project 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 Plan, we are investing in major projects like to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

This project is also about making sure that residents in one of New South Wales’ fastest growing areas have access to high quality sporting and recreational facilities.

It will help meet increasing demand for sport facilities and integrate sports grounds, parkland, playgrounds and pedestrian and bicycle paths for local children, families and tourists.

The Peninsula Recreation Precinct project involves upgrading existing facilities at the Umina Recreation Area as well as delivering new infrastructure. It is expected to include:

  • Renovation of tennis courts and associated clubhouse;
  • Upgrades to the skate park and BMX track, including safety and visibility upgrades to the surrounding area;
  • Upgrades to the sports oval, and associated underground powerlines, footpath lighting, and car parking;
  • Construction of a new playground, playground equipment, lighting and shade;
  • Recreational infrastructure such as park furniture, barbecue and picnic facilities, new pathways/cycleways and fitness equipment for all ages and abilities; and
  • Renovations to the Umina Clubhouse.

The funding of the Peninsula Recreation Precinct comes on top of a massive number of other local projects in the Gosford region funded under the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, such as:

  • Investment in community infrastructure, including $1.345 million for the upgrade of flood lights at five sporting grounds, additional change rooms at Rogers Park and the upgrade of playgrounds around the Gosford City Council area, and
  • Construction and maintenance work on local schools including $200,000 for both Gosford High and Gosford Public school to refurbish their learning areas.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is infrastructure, with construction projects already underway. For more detail on the Economic Stimulus Plan visit www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au.