Apr 8, 2009

Ballina Community Services Centre officially opens

Ballina Community Services Centre officially opens

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 8 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and Janelle Saffin, Member for Page, today officially opened the Ballina Community Services Centre, which has been built with federal funding.

Mr Albanese said that the Rudd Labor Government had provided $880,000 towards the Ballina Shire Council to construct the Community Services Centre.

“This new centre, which was a $3.5 million project, will bring together vital community services under the one roof and make it easier for local residents and community groups to access the support they need.

“This project was left in the lurch by the previous government who said they had approved it but never bothered to sign a contract.

“It was the Rudd Labor Government that stepped in to deliver this funding and I am pleased to be here to open the Ballina Community Services Centre.

“I know that Ballina residents have been waiting for this community centre for a long time. I want to congratulate the council and the community for making this happen.”

Ms Saffin said, “The Ballina Community Services Centre is a great example of the three levels of governments, federal, state and local government working alongside the community for the benefit of all.

“I’ve been involved with many community organisations over the years and they’re often housed in whatever poky accommodation is available, so it’s wonderful to see such top class facilities being provided specifically for organisations doing valuable community support work here in Ballina.”

The Centre will provide services that include:

  • support programs for people with dementia and aged residents;
  • training and assistance for volunteer carers and volunteer support staff;
  • a drop-in lounge for young people; and
  • a multi-purpose room for local community groups.