Jun 18, 2010

Funding for Wyong Shire community and surf life saving clubs

Funding for Wyong Shire community and surf life saving clubs

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 18 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $5 million to construct two new surf life saving facilities at Shelly and Soldiers beaches on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said that the project was expected to support 50 jobs during construction, as well as another 10 jobs over the longer term.

“This is a great victory for the community.

“The new surf life saving facilities will create jobs on the Central Coast while delivering community infrastructure for generations to come.

“Shelly and Soldiers beaches are two of the busiest beaches on the Central Coast and these projects will provide vital facilities to support life savers and the vital work they do,” he said.

The Wyong Shire Council project is expected to include the construction of:

  • Two new surf lifesaving club facilities including a new lifeguard area and amenities;
  • Rescue craft store with functional and safe storage of beach safety equipment; and
  • A new auditorium and function space with disability access for day time community users providing an additional source of income for the surf life saving clubs to sustain operations.

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, including town halls, libraries, community centres 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.