Jun 4, 2010

Funding for Urunga, Dorrigo and Bellingen town centres

Funding for Urunga, Dorrigo and Bellingen town centres

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 4 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide more than $1.4 million to continue upgrading the central business districts of Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo on the North Coast.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, made the announcement in Urunga today with the Mayor of Bellingen, Mark Troy.

Mr Albanese said that these projects were worth more than $1.6 million in total.

“They are expected to support 20 jobs during construction, as well as another 10 jobs over the longer term, delivering an economic boost for the region.

“Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo are areas of significant growth and these upgrades will provide a much needed lift.

“This funding will also see the establishment of an Indigenous ‘Green Team’ to undertake land management, helping to address high levels of unemployment among local Indigenous people,” he said.

The Bellingen Shire Council project is expected to deliver the next stage of the Master Plans in each of the town CBDs. It will include:

  • Amenity upgrades, sporting facilities, footpath improvements and increased parking in Bellingen;
  • Upgraded footpaths, road widening, landscaping, lighting and street furniture in Dorrigo and Urunga; and
  • Environmental land management measures including river bank works, weed control and revegetation across the centres.

Mr Albanese said that the funding was 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.”

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