Mar 8, 2010

Funding for community infrastructure in Marrickville

Funding for community infrastructure in Marrickville

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 8 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $193,000 for ten ready-to-go community infrastructure projects in Marrickville as part of our plan to support jobs in the local economy while delivering lasting benefits for communities.

Minister for Infrastructure and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese said that the new funding would help upgrade six local childcare centres plus Marrickville Library and the Cultural Centre in Newtown.

Marrickville Library will receive $40,000 to convert a storage room to a community meeting room by removing an existing wall and compactus storage system and introducing glass panelling and carpeting for easy public access.

The Cultural Centre in Australia Street, Newtown will receive $47,000 to provide ramps next to the existing stairs to enable disabled entry from the front of the building. The adjacent area will also be landscaped.

Childcare projects include:

  • $15,000 refurbishment of the Addison Road Children’s Centre in Marrickville;
  • $30,000 upgrade of the child care facility in Petersham, including a new roof;
  • $15,000 installation of new air conditioning system at the child care facility at Jarvie Park;
  • $2,000 upgrade of the air conditioning system at Tillman Park Children’s Centre;
  • $6,000 installation of rain water collection facilities at Tillman Park Children’s Centre;
  • $19,700 upgrade of indoor and outdoor play areas at the Deborah Little Children’s Centre at Dulwich Hill;
  • $8,300 installation of new flooring in kitchen areas at Deborah Little Children’s Centre at Dulwich Hill; and
  • $10,000 upgrade of the May Murray Children’s Centre at Marrickville South.

“We will deliver this funding to Marrickville Council from the second round of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program,” said Mr Albanese.

“Importantly, these projects are expected to support up to 56 jobs during construction.”

“Marrickville Council has already completed a number of projects from the first round of the project, including upgrades to Arlington Oval in Dulwich Hill, Marrickville and St Peters Town Halls and a number of playgrounds throughout the Council area. Work has also begun on a major project at Mackey Park in Marrickville.”

The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program has delivered $1 billion to build and renew community facilities across Australia, making it the largest single investment in local infrastructure in the nation’s history.

“Many of these infrastructure projects have seen Councils and community groups search for funding for years, sometimes decades,” said Mr Albanese.

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