Mar 31, 2010

Funding For Port Stephens And Great Lakes infrastructure

Funding For Port Stephens And Great Lakes infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 31 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $855,000 for 19 ready-to-go community infrastructure projects in the Port Stephens and Great Lakes council areas as part of our plan to support jobs in local economies while delivering lasting benefits to communities.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government Anthony Albanese said that the new funding would help upgrade local community halls, disability access facilities, bus shelters and recreation facilities in communities including Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Fingal Bay, Coolongoolok and Forster.

"Importantly, these 19 projects are expected to support up to 55 local jobs during construction.

"We will deliver this funding to the Port Stephens and Great Lakes Councils from the second round of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"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.

"These 19 projects were put forward by local councils as community priorities.

"Some of the projects have been on the drawing board for years. By letting local communities decide, the Rudd Labor Government is helping turn the community’s vision into a reality.

"Across the country the RLCIP is funding new and upgraded sporting fields, swimming pools, libraries, community halls, water and energy saving facilities, elderly and disabled access and other local projects," Mr Albanese concluded.

A full projects list follows.

Further information is available at:


Port Stephens Council – $404,000

  • $200,000 Upgrade of the Disabled Access Ramp in the 50 Metre Pool at Tomaree Aquatic Centre in Nelson Bay
  • $50,000 Installation of stormwater treatment devices at various stormwater outlet locations at the Mambo Wetland at Corlette
  • $4,000 Construction of bus shelter on Boulder Bay Road in Fingal Bay
  • $14,000 Construction of a disabled access ramp to the Raymond Terrace Library
  • $20,000 Refurbishment of the Nelsons Bay Seniors’ Community Hall at Nelson Bay
  • $20,000 Upgrade of the facilities at the Karuah Centre
  • $18,000 Construction of a bus shelter on Watt Street in Raymond Terrace
  • $20,000 Construction of a bus shelter on Benjamin Lee Drive in Raymond Terrace
  • $58,000 Construction of a mobile library compound in Raymond Terrace

Great Lakes Council – $451,000

  • $34,000 Replacement of the roof, fascias and eaves at the Pacific Palms Community Centre
  • $48,000 Refurbishment of Bungwahl Historic Hall including new awnings, weatherboards, window sills and doors
  • $19,000 Upgrades to the flooring and roof at Coolongoolok District and Memorial Hall
  • $26,000 Upgrades to the Hawks Nest Community Hall including rendering, new signage, and community garden beds and improved rubbish and recycling facilities
  • $50,000 Upgrade of drainage infrastructure at Bulahdelah Showgrounds
  • $74,000 Upgrade of drainage and sewerage infrastructure at Coomba Park Foreshore
  • $15,000 Replacement of the pool netting at the Saltwater Baths in Forster
  • $80,000 Refurbishment of the RSL Hall in Stroud including the installation of access ramps, an upgraded electrical system, energy efficient lighting, telecommunications services and air conditioning
  • $50,000 Upgrade of stormwater drainage infrastructure at the Cape Hawke Surf Club in Forster
  • $55,000 Upgrade of Eloura Park Lookout in Tea Gardens including construction of a turning circle and installation of new picnic shelters, a viewing platform and interpretive signage