May 5, 2009

$4 million to help complete Dunn & Lewis Complex at Ulladulla

$4 million to help complete Dunn & Lewis Complex at Ulladulla

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 5 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Mark Arbib, Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery have announced the Commonwealth Government would provide $4 million to help complete the Dunn and Lewis Complex in Ulladulla in NSW.

The Dunn and Lewis Complex, funded under the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, is dedicated to two local youths, Craig Dunn and Danny Lewis, who lost their lives during the 2002 Bali Bombings.

The Complex, which when completed will be the largest youth recreation, education and sporting complex in Ulladulla, has become a reality as result of the tireless efforts and dedication of the victims’ families and local community members.

Senator Arbib announced $4 million in funding with the Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council, Paul Green, and Dunn and Lewis Founder, Gayle Dunn.

Through the Economic Stimulus Plan, the Australian Government is investing in major projects like the Dunn and Lewis Complex to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

These infrastructure projects show governments working in partnership to keep contractors, tradespeople, truck drivers and small business working.

This project has already commenced thanks to funding from donations and government grants.

The Commonwealth will help complete this $6 million project as part of the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

The overall project is expected to include:

  •  A community theatre;
  •  Indoor sports complex and bowling alley;
  •  A training kitchen;
  •  Counselling rooms;
  •  An internet cafe and vocational training spaces;
  •  Gymnastics facilities; and
  •  Spaces for youth and community groups.

This funding builds on nearly $1.44 million that the Commonwealth Government has already delivered for 19 local projects this year.

It brings Commonwealth Government investment in the Shoalhaven City Council area to nearly $5.44 million this year.

This funding comes on top of other local projects in the Shoalhaven region funded under the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, including:

  •  $1.44 million for community infrastructure such as a river restoration project at Shoalhaven Heads, the enhancement of community recreation opportunities at Bomaderry and the extension of shared pathways along the foreshore reserve at Vincentia;
  •  Funding the Council to fix a black spot at the intersection of Naval College and Pine Forest Roads; and
  •  $125,000 for refurbishment of learning areas at Shoalhaven Heads Public School and $150,000 for the refurbishment of classrooms, shade structures and IT infrastructure at Shoalhaven Anglican School.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package is investing in 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.