Feb 17, 2010

Funding for new Agnes Water community facility

Funding for new Agnes Water community facility

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 $439,000 towards the construction of a new building to house a community meeting room, kitchen facilities and internet access for tourists and visitors and support indoor sporting activities.

Minister Anthony Albanese said that this funding was part of the Rudd Government’s plan to support local jobs and deliver an economic stimulus while providing lasting benefits for the community.

“Funding for the new community building is on top of the more than $1 million that we have already provided last year for the new Agnes Water Community Centre project.

“This new building project, next door to the community centre, is expected to support five jobs during construction.

“And over the longer term, it will provide an important facility for the local community as well as the growing number of visitors and tourists in Agnes Water,” he said.

Chris Trevor, Member for Flynn, said that the funding would be delivered to the Gladstone Regional Council to create a community hub for Agnes Water.

“It’s an important project for Agnes Water. I am really pleased that the Federal Government is supporting Agnes Water residents again at a time when they are doing it tough.

“I thank the Gladstone Regional Council for recommending this worthy project to us,” Mr Trevor said.

Mr Albanese said that the Government was delivering this funding from the second round of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“In just over a year, this program has delivered $1 billion to build and renew community facilities across Australia.

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

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