Apr 30, 2010

Fossil capital gets an infrastructure boost

Fossil capital gets an 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 30 2010

The Richmond community today celebrated the opening of the upgraded Richmond Visitor Information Centre, in Australia’s ‘fossil capital’, on The Outback Way in Queensland.

The improvements to the Centre will provide an economic boost to the community and encourage visitors to the Kronosaurus Korner fossil display section, at the Centre.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $100,000 to the Richmond Shire Council for the $338,132 project, from our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

“Importantly, six local tradespeople were employed during construction of the project, providing a boost to the local economy,” Mr Albanese said.

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

The project involved re-lining and sealing the interior of the building to improve climate control and energy efficiency, as well as an update of the fossil displays.

“These upgrades will ensure the centre can maintain its well-known collection and cater to the estimated 25,000 visitors each year,” 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 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.

“I congratulate the Richmond Shire Council and the local community for helping to deliver this project, and building a stronger region for the future,” Mr Albanese concluded.