Jun 4, 2010

Funding for Coffs BCU International Stadium upgrade

Funding for Coffs BCU International Stadium upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 4 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide nearly $2.2 million to upgrade the stadium lighting at BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government made the announcement in Coffs Harbour with Mayor Keith Rhoades.

Mr Albanese said that the project was expected to support at least two jobs during construction, as well as eight jobs over the longer term.

“This is about providing a boost to the region’s economy today while delivering lasting benefits for the community.

“It’s also evidence of the Rudd Government’s genuine partnership with the Coffs Harbour City Council to deliver real results for the community.

“The stadium project will include new floodlight towers at a digital television standard with the capacity to change lighting levels, delivering longer lamp life, power savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The new lighting will mean that Coffs Harbour will be able to attract and televise major sporting and cultural events in the future.

“In short, it will secure BCU Stadium’s reputation as being one of the best in regional Australia.

Once completed, the project will deliver ongoing economic benefits for Coffs Harbour and opportunities local residents to enjoy world class events.

“The funding is part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which is delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 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 governments,” he concluded.

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