Feb 28, 2010

Boost for arts and outreach services in Hawkesbury

Boost for arts and outreach services in Hawkesbury

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 28 2010

Today the Hawkesbury community has celebrated the official opening of two completed community infrastructure projects – the Kurrajong Community Hall extension and the St Albans School of Arts upgrade.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said that the Rudd Labor Government provided $238,000 to the Hawkesbury City Council for the projects from our $1billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

“The RLCIP is a key part of the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

“Importantly, at least 40 local jobs were created during construction works on these projects,” Mr Albanese said.

“The St Albans School of Arts Upgrade involved excavation work, provision of disabled access, construction of new amenities, water saving fixtures, and high raked ceilings and installation of new roof sheets to provide natural lighting to the hall.

“The School of Arts is an historic meeting place in St Albans and a popular venue for music festivals and community events, with 5,000 people using it each year.

“The Kurrajong Community Hall extension has meant that the Hawkesbury Community Outreach Service has enough space in the building to offer guidance, support services and counselling to local young people.

“Refurbishment works at the Kurrajong Community Hall included construction, painting, installation of air conditioning, and improvements to access facilities for people with a disability.

“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.

“The Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Hawkesbury City Council set to receive at least another $360,000.

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

“I congratulate the Hawkesbury City Council and the local community for helping deliver this much needed local project, and helping build a stronger region for the future,” Mr Albanese concluded.