Jun 11, 2010

Funding for Sandy Point Community Centre in Gippsland region

Funding for Sandy Point Community Centre in Gippsland region

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 11 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide nearly $1.3 million to build a new Community Centre at Ocean View Parade at Sandy Point in Victoria’s Gippsland region.

Anthony Byrne, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, made the announcement today with the Mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, James Fawcett.

Mr Byrne said that this project was worth nearly $1.5 million in total and was expected to support 15 jobs during construction.

“The project will provide a large and more accessible community centre for the community into the future,” he said.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government said that this was about giving a real boost to the Gippsland economy and the Sandy Point community.

‘It will support jobs today while providing a new, multipurpose space for local residents and visitors into the future,” he said.

The South Gippsland Shire Council project is expected to demolish the old hall. It will include:

  • Construction of a new 380 square-metre community centre, with a main hall, two meeting rooms, an office, kitchen, storage areas and amenities;
  • Installation of environmentally friendly technology, such as an in-ground septic system and water tanks; and
  • Relocation of existing playground equipment.

Mr Albanese said that the funding is part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which is 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 concluded.

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