May 9, 2009

$4.6 million for Stage One of Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex

$4.6 million for Stage One of Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex

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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 9 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Bob Debus, Minister for Home Affairs have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer nearly $4.6 million towards the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee.

Minister Debus made the announcement in Mudgee with the Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council, Percy Thompson.

The Government is funding nearly half of the $9.5 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 plan, we are investing in major projects like to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

Managed by the Mid-Western Council, Stage One of the Glen Willow Sporting Complex project will support jobs and provide a direct stimulus to the local economy.

It will also provide a much-needed sporting facility for the Mudgee community.

 Federal funding will contribute to Stage One construction, which includes:

  •  The main sports field including grandstand, lighting, viewing mounds and fencing;
  •  The practice field north of the main field and grandstand (including lighting);
  •  Club house, amenities and change facilities;
  •  Wetland ponds and stormwater collection and treatment; and
  •  Children’s playground, barbecue facilities and landscaping.

With future Stages Two and Three, this complex is expected to accommodate a range of competitive and recreational sports including soccer, AFL, rugby league, touch football, cricket, hockey, softball, baseball and netball.

This funding builds on more than $570,000 that the Rudd Government has already delivered for seven local projects this year. This brings Rudd Government investment in Mid-Western NSW community infrastructure to nearly $5.2 million this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus plan 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.