May 4, 2009

$7.2 million towards Noble Park swim centre upgrade

$7.2 million towards Noble Park swim centre upgrade

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 04 2009

Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that the Rudd Labor Government will offer $7.2 million towards the upgrade of the swim centre at Noble Park in Melbourne.

The Government is providing the majority of funding for this $12.7 million project to extend the life of this facility and ensure it meets modern standards.

The 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 community and sporting facilities like this to support jobs and stimulate local economies during the global economic recession.

The project, which is being managed by the City of Greater Dandenong, will replace and upgrade outdated facilities at the Noble Park Swim Centre and better serve communities in the Greater Dandenong region.

Federal funding will contribute to the overall project which is expected to:

  •  Replace the existing pool with a new 50-metre outdoor pool;
  •  Construct a new "learn to swim pool";
  •  Upgrade the waterslide and create a new water play area;
  •  Incorporate sports facilities, barbecues and picnic areas, and shade protection;
  •  Introduce water and energy saving measures; and
  •  Include individual and family change rooms, cafe, a multi-purpose room, first-aid room and storage.

Once completed, this modern swim centre will be able to serve local schools, sporting groups, and families. It will also be able to host swimming carnivals and other major community events.

This funding is in addition to $1.4 million we have already delivered for six smaller scale local projects in Greater Dandenong. It brings the Rudd Government investment in community infrastructure in the area to $8.6 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 by the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support jobs and deliver long-term benefits in communities.