Feb 18, 2010

Charleville Town Hall – ‘hub of the south west’ – opens

Charleville Town Hall – ‘hub of the south west’ – opens

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 18 2010

Today the Charleville community, known as the ‘Hub of the South West’, celebrated the opening of their newly refurbished Town Hall.

Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese joined with the Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott, Murweh Shire Council Mayor Mark O’Brien and local residents to celebrate this event.

“We provided the Murweh Shire Council with $100,000 from our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan, to assist them complete this long overdue refurbishment,” said Mr Albanese.

“Charleville is a regional hub from south west Queensland – a place where locals from the surrounding pastoral districts come together. The refurbished Town Hall provides an even better place to hold these social gatherings and special events.

“I congratulate the Murweh Shire Council and the local community for putting our economic stimulus money to work supporting local jobs and build a stronger region for the future.”

Originally built in 1926, the facility has been the town’s main function room and theatre for many decades. The refurbishment involved a complete makeover of the Town Hall, including an upgraded kitchen, fresh paint and a new air conditioning system.

“Our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program has been putting thousands of Australians to work building and modernising the infrastructure that can make our local communities even better places to live,” said Mr Albanese.

“In partnership with every local council the Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds.”

The Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Murweh Shire Council set to receive at least another $30,000.

“This additional funding will rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure,” said Mr Albanese.