May 20, 2009

$4 million to help build new Hewett Community Centre

$4 million to help build new Hewett Community Centre


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 20 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government, today announced that the Rudd Labor Government would offer $4 million towards a new purpose-built Community Centre at Hewett in South Australia.

Mr Albanese made the announcement in Hewett today with the Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion and the Mayor of Light Regional Council, Robert Hornsey.

Hewett is a relatively new suburb built on farmland north of Gawler, and many of the homes are still under construction.

As the community expands, its residents expect good local infrastructure and services.

The new Hewett Community Centre will deliver a well-planned and modern facility to support the needs of a population that is growing every day.

This facility will replace the existing Community House and Church, which will be affected by the expansion of the Hewett Primary School.

This project, worth $5.3 million in total, will support jobs during construction and deliver high quality community facilities for local residents and visitors.

This funding is part of the Rudd Government’s $800 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program and was confirmed in last week’s Budget. This is the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus plan, we are investing in projects like to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The Centre will consist of a function space, multi-purpose rooms and offices, built with environmentally sustainable features, footpaths and landscaping.

The project will deliver provide a meeting space for the community and deliver learning, recreation, resident support and general information.

The funding announced today builds on more than $136,000 already provided to Light Regional Council for four local community projects this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus plan 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.