Apr 20, 2010

Berrigan Sports Ground gets a boost

Berrigan Sports Ground gets a 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 Berrigan community celebrated the opening of their new Sports Ground Function Centre on Saturday which will provide much needed social and recreational facilities to the region.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $457,000 to the Berrigan Shire Council for the project, from the $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"The RLCIP is a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term," Mr Albanese said.

"Importantly, the project provided work for local building contractors and tradespeople during construction, providing a boost to the local economy."

The project involved the construction of dedicated netball change rooms and a number of function rooms at the Berrigan Sports Ground for use by the local football, netball, cricket and pony clubs and the Berrigan Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

"The new venue will host a variety of community programs including training and education sessions. These programs will cover a wide social spectrum, focusing on local youth and other important issues such as isolation for men in rural areas," Mr Albanese said.

"In partnership with every council in the country we are delivering more than 4,900 small and larger scale building projects like this one, 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.

"I congratulate the Berrigan Shire Council, and the local community for helping deliver this important project, and helping to build a stronger region for the future," Mr Albanese concluded.