Feb 16, 2010

Balranald and Euston streetscape projects complete

Balranald and Euston streetscape projects complete

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 16 2010

The Balranald region in South-Western NSW today celebrated the official opening of upgraded streetscape projects in the towns of Balranald and Euston.

The Rudd Labor Government provided $100,000 to the Balranald Shire Council for the two projects from our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said that the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program was part of the Economic Stimulus Plan and was is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

“Importantly, two local jobs were created due to the works and future upgrades are expected to deliver more jobs to these communities.”

The Balranald Streetscape project has delivered an expanded and renewed street frontage and a public gathering area at the Theatre Royal, enhancing the Civic precinct and making it a more attractive community gathering place.

Works on the site included paving, new seating, street furniture, landscaping, lighting, tiling and shop fitting. As a demonstration site, it will guide further renewal in the area.

The Euston Streetscape project has provided enhanced pedestrian facilities and landscaping in the central business area, creating a village atmosphere within the town which will support local shops.

It is the first stage of a main street renewal project on Murray Terrace.

Mr Albanese said in partnership with every council in the country the Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects like these, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Balranald Shire Council set to receive at least another $30,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure.

“I congratulate the Balranald Shire Council and the local community for helping deliver these two important projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future.”