Jun 9, 2010

Funding for Walter Padbury Active Reserve redevelopment

Funding for Walter Padbury Active Reserve redevelopment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 9 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide more than $1.4 million to redevelop the Walter Padbury Active Reserve in Thornlie in Perth.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, made the announcement at the reserve with Member for Hasluck, Sharryn Jackson, and Mayor of the City of Gosnells, Cr Olwen Searle.

Mr Albanese said that the project expected to support 10 jobs during construction.

“This is a major overhaul for a well-used facility, worth a total of $2.8 million.

“Importantly, the Government’s funding will deliver a significant boost to the local economy and lasting providing benefits to the community.

“The reserve will be in great demand with almost 200,000 residents, visitors, and sporting groups expected to use it each year for sport and recreation,” he said.

The City of Gosnells project is expected to include:

  • Expansions to three ovals (Hume Road, Cassidy and Berehaven ovals) to increase participation by sporting clubs, reduce wear and tear, and operate additional junior pitches;
  • Two new cricket wickets and refurbished cricket practice nets;
  • Two kilometres of dual use paths to link the ovals and provide passive recreation activities;
  • Two upgraded pavilions including storage areas, kiosk and kitchen, umpires room, playground and safety fence;
  • Refurbishment of all existing buildings to enable universal access;
  • Additional car parking, change rooms and amenities; and
  • Grassed areas, multi-age playground, landscaping, signage and fencing.

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, including town halls, libraries and sports grounds in partnership with local government,” he concluded.

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