May 4, 2009

$4 million for new Batesford Reserve Youth & Community Hub

$4 million for new Batesford Reserve Youth & Community Hub


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 Local Government, has announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $4 million towards the new Youth and Community Hub at Batesford Reserve in Chadstone in Melbourne.

Mr Albanese made the announcement of funding at Batesford Reserve with Anna Burke, Member for Chisholm, and Monash City Council Mayor Paul Klisaris.

The Rudd Labor Government is funding nearly two-thirds of this $6.3 million project to deliver a centralised youth facility to serve Chadstone and the wider community.

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 projects like this to support local jobs and invest in local economies during the global economic recession.

This purpose built facility will also deliver benefits to the local community by bringing together a number of community service providers.

It will complement existing community infrastructure at the location, such as:

  •  the basketball stadium which sees 180,000 people every year;
  •  the community hall that is used by 15 regular user groups and the broader community; and
  •  a large recreation reserve suitable for sporting and recreational activities.

Once completed, the Hub will:

  •  provide youth counselling and support;
  •  allow for the provision of community health and allied services; and
  •  deliver a number of neighbourhood house programs as well as education and training programs.

This funding builds on $570,000 that the Rudd Government has already delivered for two local community projects in the City of Monash 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.