Mar 30, 2010

Ingham community welcomes CBD enhancement

Ingham Community welcomes CBD enhancement

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 30 2010

The Ingham community today joined Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas and the Hinchinbrook Shire Council to celebrate the official opening of Ingham Streetscape Enhancement Project.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the project provided greatly improved facilities for locals and visitors to the region.

"The Rudd Labor Government provided $237,000 to the Hinchinbrook Shire Council for this $324,000 project, from our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP)," Mr Albanese said.

"The RLCIP is a key part of the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

"Importantly, four jobs were supported during construction of streetscape project," he said.

Senator McLucas said the funding was used to construct a sixty-metre covered walkway in Mercers Lane, connecting the off-street car park to Lannercost Street.

"This project has been planned by the community and will provide shade for pedestrians as well as better access for both locals and visitors," Senator McLucas said.

"It will encourage greater pedestrian traffic in the area and provide a boost to local businesses."

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country the Rudd Labor Government was 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 Australian Government investment in community infrastructure through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program," Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese and Senator McLucas congratulated the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the local community for helping deliver this project, and helping to build a stronger region for the future.