Apr 20, 2010

Baw Baw’s million dollar infrastructure boost

Baw Baw’s million dollar infrastructure boost

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 20 2010

The Baw Baw community of south east Victoria today celebrated the opening of 11 community infrastructure projects across the region.

David Feeney, Senator for Victoria, joined Mayor Adam Tyson and members of the local community to officially open the projects at the refurbished Warragul Drill Hall.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided over $1 million to the Baw Baw Shire Council for the package of works from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“The RLCIP now totals more than $1 billion and is a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan, delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

“It is a pleasure to be here in Warragul today to celebrate the completion of these projects,” Senator Feeney said.

“The Warragul Drill Hall is historically significant, having been built in 1912 as the first army drill hall in the Commonwealth. Works on the hall included construction of new footing structures, internal painting, installation of gas heating, as well as a new kitchen and disabled access facilities.

“This is great news for the more than 250 members that use the facility each week.

“Other completed projects in the region include upgrade works at Erica Gateway, a new pedestrian pathway at Two Towns Trail, a play space at Eastern Park and netball upgrades at Willow Grove and Drouin.”

Mr Albanese said in partnership with every council in the country, the Rudd Labor Government was delivering more than 4,800 small and larger scale building projects like these, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“In fact, we are making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the RLCIP,” Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese and Senator Feeney congratulated the Baw Baw Shire Council and the local community for helping to deliver these 11 projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future. Details of completed projects follow.


Baw Baw Shire Council – $1.06 million

  • $184,500 Construction of new public amenities at Erica Gateway.
  • $158,000 Refurbishment of Warragul Drill Hall.
  • $136,881 Construction of a new play space at the Eastern Park Play Space.
  • $124,000 Construction of new pathway at Two Towns Trail.
  • $100,000 Upgrade of Dowton Park Wetlands.
  • $80,000 Upgrade Drouin Shopping Precinct.
  • $76,119 Rawson Crater Lake.
  • $60,000 Drouin Recreation Reserve Netball Courts.
  • $60,000 Construction of new community amenities at Thorpdale Pioneer Park.
  • $46,500 Willow Grove Netball Courts Expansion.
  • $43,000 Construction of new hockey facility at Bellbird Park.