Feb 17, 2010

Funding for community infrastructure in the Pilbara region

Funding for community infrastructure in the Pilbara region

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 has approved $532,000 for four ready-to-go community infrastructure projects in the Pilbara region, to support local jobs while delivering lasting benefits for the community.

Minister Anthony Albanese said that this funding would go towards projects such as the construction of a viewing platform at the foreshore in Port Hedland ($147,000), the refurbishment of Ashburton Hall at Paraburdoo ($91,000) and nearly $120,000 for the refurbishment of the Tom Price Community Centre.

“All up, these projects are expected to support more than 20 jobs during construction.

“We will deliver this funding to the Town of Port Hedland, and the Shires of Roebourne and Ashburton from the second round of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“And shortly I hope to announce funding for projects for the other local governments in this region.

“In just over a year, this 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.

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

“The funding announced today will keep more people working locally, to support the economy while building local infrastructure for the future.

“All of the projects announced today were put forward by the local councils as local community priorities, instead of being determined from Canberra.

“Many of these infrastructure projects have seen councils and community groups search for funding for years, sometimes decades. By letting local communities decide, the Rudd Government is helping turn the community’s vision into a reality.

“Across the country, the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is funding local projects like sporting fields, swimming pools, libraries, community halls, water and energy saving facilities, as well as improving elderly and disabled access.”

Further information is available at: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/cip/index.aspx

APPROVED PROJECTS

Shire of Roebourne – $174,000

  • $174,000 for the Installation of Permanent Shade Structures over Playgrounds

Shire of Ashburton – $211,000

  • $119,345 for the Refurbishment of the Tom Price Community Centre
  • $91,655 the Refurbishment of Ashburton Hall at Paraburdoo

Town of Port Hedland – $147,000

  • $147,000 for the Construction of a Viewing Platform at the Foreshore Reserve in Port Hedland