May 11, 2009

$5 million for new Mount Gambier Library & Community Centre

$5 million for new Mount Gambier Library & 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 11 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Bill Shorten, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services have announced the Rudd Government will offer up to $5 million towards the new Library and Community Centre in Mount Gambier – South Australia’s second largest city.

Mr Shorten made the announcement in Mount Gambier with the Mayor of the City of Mount Gambier, Steve Perryman.

The $15 million project, managed by the City of Mount Gambier, is part of the ‘Mount Gambier – Vision for the Future Towards 2015’ plan – which is aimed at revitalising the city centre of Mount Gambier.

This 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 plan, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The development work comprises:

  •  the building of the new Mount Gambier Library and Community Centre;
  •  major open space redevelopments of the surrounding civic centre and cultural precinct; and
  •  the redevelopment of the ‘Main Corner’ Riddoch Art Gallery.

The state of the art facilities will allow schools, businesses and families to access library services and provide a meeting place for social, learning and business activities.

This will help encourage economic growth in Mount Gambier by providing a central hub for local residents and businesses and deliver high quality library facilities for schools and families.

It will support jobs during construction and several ongoing jobs upon completion.

This funding builds on more than $310,000 that the Rudd Labor Government has already contributed to the Mount Gambier Library project this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the stimulus plan 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.