May 4, 2009

$3 million to help extend Nillumbik Town Hall & Civic Centre

$3 million to help extend Nillumbik Town Hall & Civic Centre

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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 4 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, has announced that the Rudd Labor Government will offer $3 million to help extend Nillumbik Shire Council’s Civic Centre and Town Hall in Victoria.

The Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre is based at the Civic Centre, and has played a critical role in managing the emergency response to the recent bushfires.

As Nillumbik was one of the areas most severely affected by the recent bushfires, Rudd Government funding will help the Council to accommodate increasing demand for services.

Mr Albanese announced the funding in Greensborough with Harry Jenkins, Member for Scullin, Jenny Macklin, Member for Jagajaga, and Nillumbik Mayor Bo Bendtsen.

The Rudd Labor Government is contributing 75 per cent of the funding for this $4.5 million project.

This 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 projects like this not only to deliver better services in local communities but also to support local jobs and economies during the global economic recession.

The project, which is being managed by the Nillumbik Shire Council, will expand a number of facilities at the Civic Centre with Federal funding contributing to the refurbishment, which is expected to include:

  •  An extension of the main office area and public/civic functions area by about 250 square metres;
  •  The installation of additional air-conditioning, as well as relevant plant and equipment; and
  •  Re-planning and refurbishing the existing office accommodation at the Civic Centre.

This commitment builds on nearly $660,000 in funding that we have already delivered for four local projects in the Nillumbik Shire Council area this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is on infrastructure, with construction of projects already underway.

More than 3,000 projects are being funded by the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support jobs and deliver long-term benefits to our local communities.