Feb 17, 2010

Funding for Coffs Harbour Sportz Central

Funding for Coffs Harbour Sportz Central

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 17 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $457,000 for infrastructure upgrades at Sportz Central in Coffs Harbour, as part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Minister Anthony Albanese was in Coffs Harbour with Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor, Keith Rhoades, to announce this new funding under Round Two of the program while opening the brand new Brelsford Park playground, which was funded under the first round.

“We are providing nearly half a million dollars for infrastructure at an important community facility for a number of sports, performances and schools programs,” he said.

“The Sportz Central project is expected to support eight jobs during construction,” he said.

Works will include the demolition and construction of a new entrance lobby, expansion of the kiosk, improvement to indoor and outdoor seating areas and the installation of a demountable stage.

The council has also just completed $575,000 worth of upgrades at Sportz Central to bring the venue up to standard for seating 1,000 people and installing early warning detection, insulation, hearing loop, and new function rooms and storage areas.

Mr Albanese said that this funding was about supporting the local economy today while delivering lasting benefits to the community into the future.

“Sportz Central has hosted major sporting events like state-level basketball, regional-level indoor soccer, volleyball and karate championships, national handball championships, the Australian University Games, netball, quad rugby and wheelchair basketball.

“It has also brought national shows like the Oz Opera and Questacon’s touring programs to Coffs Harbour, as well as Coffs City orchestra performances, community shows and school holiday programs,” he said.

“In just over a year, the Rudd Labor Government has delivered more than $1 billion to build and renew community facilities across Australia.

“Already more than 3,300 community construction projects have either been completed or are underway through the first round.

“Importantly, by letting local communities decide what should be funded, the Rudd Government is helping turn the community’s vision into a reality,” Mr Albanese concluded.