May 24, 2010

A new town centre for Gin Gin

A new town centre for Gin Gin

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 24 2010

Anthony Albanese, the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, and Maxine McKew, the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development, today announced that the Rudd Labor Government will provide $1.8 million to revitalise the town centre of Gin Gin, in Queensland.

Ms McKew, representing Mr Albanese at the announcement in Gin Gin’s RSL Hall, said it was a great result for both the town of Gin Gin and the surrounding area.

"This project is worth a total of $3.55 million and is expected to support 20 jobs during construction, as well as another three jobs over the longer term," said Ms McKew.

"The community here will get a more attractive town centre to live and work in, for themselves and for visitors."

The project includes:

  • Construction of new footpaths, pedestrian refuges, safety barriers, roadway signage and wheelchair-friendly footpaths, walkways and parking;
  • Revitalisation of parkland area within the centre median, including additional trees, new playground and picnic shelters and provision for a community art and historic walk;
  • Installation of sub-surface irrigation that will greatly reduce evaporation losses and over 2,500 additional trees and plants that will provide shade and cooling.

Mr Albanese said the Gin Gin project was just one of many in which the Rudd Government was investing in regional Australia, in both nation-building and community infrastructure.

"The Gin Gin town centre works are being funded as part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP), which is delivering a record $1 billion-plus for 5,000 projects across the nation," said Mr Albanese.

"Across Australia, we are building and modernising community facilities, including town halls, libraries, community centres and sports grounds."

"The Rudd Government is working constructively with other levels of government – in this case the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council – to support the local economy in places like Gin Gin while building community infrastructure for the future."

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.