Jun 9, 2010

Funding for Winchelsea Neighbourhood Community Hub

Funding for Winchelsea Neighbourhood Community Hub

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 $2 million to build a Winchelsea Integrated Neighbourhood Community Hub (W.I.N.C.H.) in Victoria.

Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, made the announcement in Winchelsea today with Member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, and the Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Council, Libby Coker.

Mr Marles said that this project would build a modern, multipurpose hub at Eastern Reserve for a broad range of community organisations and sporting groups.

“It is expected to support 15 jobs during construction and is worth more than $2.5 million in total.

“The W.I.N.C.H. project will create jobs in the local economy today while delivering lasting benefits for the community,” he said

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government said that Winchelsea was a growing community and the Government understood the need for community infrastructure to help the community make the most of its potential.

“We are working with Council to build a state-of-the-art facility which will provide a heart for the Winchelsea community.

The Surf Coast Shire Council project will replace the existing old timber building at the reserve with a building that is up to ten times larger,” he said.

It is expected to:

  • Construct an accessible building with gymnasium, change rooms, meeting rooms, kitchen, office space and store rooms with a multipurpose space with the capacity to seat 200 people;
  • Link the new building to the existing pavilion and the playing field; and
  • Use environmentally sustainable design, energy- and water-efficient appliances and lighting, solar hot water heating and plantation and recycled timber as well as re-use of excess water run-off.

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.

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