May 6, 2009

$5.6 million towards Cabramatta public car park project

$5.6 million towards Cabramatta public car park project

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 6 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, has announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $5.6 million towards the $9 million development of a public and commuter car park in Cabramatta.

Minister Albanese made the announcement with Member for Blaxland, Mr Jason Clare, and Fairfield City Council Mayor, Nick Lalich.

This is about revitalising Cabramatta, supporting jobs and encouraging local economic investment.

There is a shortage of car parking places for commuters, as well as local residents, business and visitors in Cabramatta’s CBD.

The Rudd Government is contributing just over half of the funding for this $9 million project to build up to 240 new car parking places at Fisher Street in Cabramatta.

This is in addition to 67 new car parking places planned for the western side of Cabramatta station as part of the Southern Sydney Freight Line Project.

The proposed Fisher Street Public Car Park plan will have the following components:

  •  Construction of a multi-storey car park, including foundations, columns, beams, slabs and walls;
  •  Building services, including electrical systems, lighting and power;
  •  Security system, including CCTV cameras and alarm systems; and
  •  Improved pedestrian access.

Federal 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 major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

This funding builds on $1.36 million that the Rudd Labor Government has already delivered for seven local projects in Fairfield City Council this year.

It brings our community infrastructure investment in Fairfield to nearly $7 million this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus package 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 and benefit communities.