Feb 5, 2010

Glen Innes community infrastructure upgrades completed

Glen Innes community infrastructure upgrades completed

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 5 2010

The town of Glen Innes in northern New South Wales today opened three newly upgraded community infrastructure projects.

The Rudd Labor Government provided $153,000 in funding to the Glen Innes Severn Council for the projects, from the $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said “The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.”

The three projects included;

  • an electrical upgrade to the Glen Innes Showground to address safety concerns,
  • upgrading of the amenities at the Standing Stones site to include disabled access, and;
  • a much needed upgrade to the Wellingrove Presbyterian Church repair the structural faults to this community owned heritage building.

“In a further boost for the town’s economy, local tradesmen were employed during the building works,” Mr Albanese said.

“In partnership with every council in the country we are delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“In fact, we’re making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Glen Innes Severn Shire set to receive at least another $155,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure.

“I congratulate the Glen Innes Severn Shire and the local community for helping deliver these important community facility upgrades and helping build a stronger region for the future.”