Nov 2, 2009

‘Green’ pools opened in Toowoomba

‘Green’ pools opened in Toowoomba

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 2 2009

The upgrade of Toowoomba’s nine community swimming pools has been completed just in time for summer – great news for the town’s water lovers as well as the environment.

Special Minister of State and Queensland Senator Joe Ludwig – representing the Rudd Labor Government – was today on hand to mark completion of the project and officiate over a race between Toowoomba’s best young swimmers.

“As part of our Economic Stimulus Plan, the Rudd Labor Government provided the Toowoomba Regional Council with $2.6 million to improve the environmental sustainability of its swimming pools,” said Senator Ludwig.

“They used the money to install water and energy saving devices. Rainwater will now be captured and re-used, solar heating and pool blankets have been installed, and drought-tolerant shade trees planted.

“With the town still in the midst of its worst ever drought, this investment will help make sure its pools remain open to its 152,000 residents.”

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said all up Toowoomba Regional Council has so far received $5.23 million from the $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, a key part of the Economic Stimulus Plan.

“I congratulate the Council for moving so quickly to put our economic stimulus money to work supporting local jobs and building the local infrastructure that will improve the quality of life of residents for years to come,” said Mr Albanese.

“In partnership with every council in the country we are delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“In fact, we’re making the single largest Federal investment in community infrastructure.

“And because of economic stimulus programs like this, Australia has been able to avoid going into recession unlike every other developed country in the world.”

The Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Toowoomba Regional Council set to receive at least $768,000. This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure.