Apr 20, 2010

Community infrastructure gets a boost in Wonthaggi

Community infrastructure gets a boost in Wonthaggi

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

Senator for Victoria, David Feeney, joined the Wonthaggi community today to celebrate the opening of six projects which will provide much-needed social and recreational facilities in the region.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $599,000 to the Bass Coast Shire Council for the $676,572 worth of projects from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

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

Senator Feeney said the completed projects included the reconstruction of shared pathways along Phillip Island Road, Wentworth Road and Osbourne Avenue; and upgrades to the Cowes drainage network and the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

“The projects address water quality issues, are environmentally friendly and improve local recreational and social facilities for residents and tourists alike,” Senator Feeney said.

Mr Albanese said in partnership with every council in the country, the Australian Government is delivering over 4,900 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 Bass Coast Shire Council and the community for helping deliver these six projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future. Project details follow.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Bass Coast Shire Council – $676,572

  • $245, 667 Upgrade of the Cowes drainage network.
  • $158,360 Upgrade to the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.
  • $108,642 Reconstruction of the Newhaven shared pathway.
  • $53,360 Installation of solar energy systems at the Bass Coast Land Care office and Bass Coast Shire Council public toilets.
  • $60,270 Construction of a new Cowes shared pathway.
  • $50, 270 Construction of a new Wonthaggi shared pathway.