Feb 26, 2009

$4 million for Darling Downs community infrastructure

Rudd Government delivers $4 million for Darling Downs community infrastructure


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 26 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has today announced nearly $4 million to build community infrastructure in Toowoomba, Dalby and across the Darling Downs – part of our investment to support local jobs and boost the local economy.

The funding will be delivered from the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest single investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

The funding will be provided to the Toowoomba and Dalby Regional Councils for 49 infrastructure projects in regional communities from Miles and Chinchilla to Jondaryan and Pittsworth.

Projects being funded range from $300,000 for a stage at the Queens Park amphitheatre in Toowoomba and $259,000 to upgrade the Dalby streetscape, to $34,000 for solar lights at Lions Park in Hodgson Vale and $50,000 for additional walkways along Myall Creek.

Without federal funding, these projects would have remained in the ‘too-hard’ basket.

The Community Infrastructure Program is aimed at stimulating local economies and helping communities respond to the global financial crisis.

Investing in local projects that are ready to go is a great way to generate construction activity and local jobs.

It will also deliver much-needed infrastructure to improve the quality of life in local communities.

More than 3,600 projects have been submitted under the first round of the Community Infrastructure Program and the Rudd Government is getting on with the job.

More council projects will be announced as they are approved shortly.