Mar 29, 2010

Funding for Canberra Community Infrastructure

Funding for Canberra Community Infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 29 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $800,000 for four ready-to-go community infrastructure projects across the Australian Capital Territory as part of our plan to support jobs in the local economy while delivering lasting benefits for communities.

The new funding would go towards upgrades to Canberra’s bicycle infrastructure and bus shelters, the mobile library in Woden, John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen, and recreational facilities at the Western Foreshore District Park.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government said that these four projects are expected to support 25 jobs during construction.

"We will deliver this funding to the ACT Government through the second round of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"The funding we’ve announced today will keep more people working in the Capital region, it will support the economy, and it will build local infrastructure for the future," he said.

Bob McMullan, Member for Fraser, today said that he was pleased to see this investment in Canberra’s community infrastructure.

"The Rudd Labor Government is creating better libraries, parks and bicycle infrastructure to encourage healthier, more sustainable lifestyles for Canberra residents," he said.

Annette Ellis, Member for Canberra said by upgrading this vital community infrastructure, we’re supporting jobs today while making our communities better places to live.

"The four projects announced today were put forward by the ACT Government as local community priorities," she said.

Mr Albanese said that more than 3,300 community construction projects had either been completed or were underway through the first round of this $1 billion program.

Approved Projects

ACT Government – $800,000

  • $200,000 Construction of loading area for the Canberra mobile library in Woden. This will facilitate the relocation of the Canberra Mobile Library Service from the Blaxland Center in Griffith to the Woden Library. The move requires interior fit out work to accommodate books for mobile library buses and constructing a new bus loading/unloading area.
  • $255,000 Construction of public transport facilities throughout Canberra. Works include construction of 5 bike-and-ride facilities involving swipe card access bike storage with a capacity of approximately 20 bikes at each location, and construction of 2 bus stop shelters.
  • $200,000 Upgrade of facilities at John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen, including construction of 8 shade shelters each 5 metres by 3.75 metres, 3 picnic settings, access pathways and landscaping.
  • $145,000 Upgrade of picnic facilities at Western Foreshore District Park, which includes the installation of a new barbeque with picnic settings and an all weather shade structure.