May 21, 2010

Funding for new community aquatic centre in Rainbow Beach

Funding for new community aquatic centre in Rainbow Beach

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 21 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide more than $1.4 million to build the new Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre in Rainbow Beach, Queensland.

Joe Ludwig, Senator for Queensland, made the announcement today with the Mayor of the Gympie Regional Council Ron Dyne.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government said that this project is worth more than $2 million in total.

“It is expected to support 20 jobs during construction, as well as another six jobs over the longer term, delivering an economic boost for Rainbow Beach.

“And it will provide high quality sporting infrastructure for the community into the future,” he said.

Senator Ludwig said, “This is about giving a real lift to the Gympie region by providing a much-needed year-round aquatic, sporting and recreational facility.”

“It will also increase swimming safety and awareness through the learn-to-swim and surf life saving training activities.”

The Gympie Regional Council project is expected to include:

  • Construction and fit out of the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre including a new pool and gymnasium facilities;
  • Energy and water saving measures; and
  • Art and landscaping which reflects the local Indigenous heritage.

Mr Albanese said that the funding was part of the Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which was delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects across the nation.

“Across Australia, we are building and modernising community facilities in partnership with local governments,” he said.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.