May 17, 2010

Funding for Blue Mountains Clean Technology Park

Funding for Blue Mountains Clean Technology Park

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 17 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide more than $3.5 million to develop a Clean Technology Park at Lawson in the Blue Mountains.

I made the announcement in Lawson today with the Member for Macquarie, Bob Debus and the Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council, Adam Searle.

This project is worth over $5.8 million and is expected to support 100 jobs during construction.

It has the potential to support up to 350 jobs over the longer term by stimulating business activity and bringing clean technology industries to the region.

The project will transform an old, run-down and under-utilised industrial estate into a modern technology park, stimulating local economic activity and strengthening the community’s future.

This is about creating jobs in the local economy today while delivering lasting benefits for the community.

By bringing sustainable green jobs to Lawson, it will help attract young workers and families and help stem a declining population and reduce its reliance on tourism.

This Blue Mountains City Council project will upgrade the 22.6-hectare Lawson Industrial Estate through the provision of stormwater, electrical and telecommunications infrastructure, as well as the installation of footpaths and cycleways and landscaping.

The Council aims to source the majority of its building materials and will use environmentally sensitive design and building practices.

The funding is part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which is delivering a record $1 billion for 5,000 projects across the nation.

Across Australia, we are building and modernising community facilities, including town halls, libraries, community centres and sports grounds in partnership with local government.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.