Feb 17, 2010

Funding for community infrastructure in WA goldfields

Funding for community infrastructure in WA goldfields

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 $233,000 for seven ready-to-go community infrastructure projects in Western Australia’s Goldfields region to support local jobs while delivering lasting benefits for the community.

Minister Anthony Albanese said that the funding would go towards local projects in the communities of Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Dundas, Yilgarn and Wiluna.

“All up, these projects are expected to support more than 15 jobs during construction.

“We will deliver this funding to local governments 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,” Mr Albanese concluded.

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

APPROVED PROJECTS

Shire of Esperance

  • $88,995 installation of Solar Cells at the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre
  • $24,005 upgrade to facilities at Treasure Road Park

Shire of Ravensthorpe

  • $30,000 installation of Swimming Pool Solar Heating System

Shire of Dundas

  • $15,000 upgrade to the Norseman Library
  • $15,000 construction of a Shade Structure at Norseman Swimming Pool

Shire of Yilgarn

  • $30,000 upgrade to Security Facilities at the Southern Cross Airstrip

Shire of Wiluna

  • $30,000 upgrade of Water Infrastructure in Wiluna