May 21, 2010

Kingaroy Town Hall forecourt and library to get upgrade

Funding for Kingaroy Town Hall forecourt and library

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 21 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $1.6 million to upgrade the Kingaroy Town Hall Forecourt and Library in Kingaroy, Queensland.

Joe Ludwig, Senator for Queensland, made the announcement today with the Mayor of South Burnett Regional Council David Carter.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said that this project is worth $2 million in total.

“It is expected to support 22 jobs during construction, as well as another four jobs over the longer term, delivering an economic boost for Kingaroy.”

“And the project will provide a larger and more useable meeting place and library for the community into the future,” he said.

Senator Ludwig said, “This is about giving a real boost to the Kingaroy community by providing a town hall and library facility that is inviting, accessible to all and modern.”

“The project will promote greater attendance at community events and generate higher usage of the library and town hall facilities.”

The South Burnett Regional Council project is expected to include:

  • Creation of new facade features and podium, integration of a coffee shop into the library, history information features directing tourists onto other townships and attractions, and disabled access to the library and town hall podium;
  • An Indigenous-focussed art and history area, highlighting the valuable contribution that the Wakka Wakka people have played in the history and development of the area; and
  • Energy and water saving measures that will include solar cells, power fed back into the grid and use of recycled water.
  • Native drought resistant plants will be used in the landscaping.

Mr Albanese said that the funding was part of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which was delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects across the nation.

“Across Australia, we are building and modernising community facilities in partnership with local governments.”

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