May 17, 2016

Labor delivering for the Dockers

Construction of the new state-of-the-art home of the Fremantle Dockers in Cockburn is on the road to completion, and will open to the public in March next year.

Today Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, joined Labor Candidate for Fremantle, Josh Wilson, and Labor Candidate for Burt, Matt Keogh, at the site of the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) community facility, which received $10 million federal funding from the former Labor Government under the Regional Development Australia Fund.

When complete, the Cockburn ARC will be a major community sports centre as well as the new home of the Dockers, generating hundreds of new jobs and providing state-of-the-art facilities to residents. It will be the first-class home the Dockers deserve.

Labor has a proven record of supporting community infrastructure in the region. In 2012 we provided $440,000 for planning of the project through our Liveable Cities program.

In June 2013, prime minister Julia Gillard announced $10 million of federal funding for the project, which is funded in partnership with the City of Cockburn, the Western Australian State Government, Fremantle Football Club and Curtin University.

This is a prime example of government working together with business and the community to make life better for locals while supporting jobs, training, tourism and economic growth when and where it’s needed most.

During its three years in office, the Abbott-Turnbull Government has failed to fund a single major community infrastructure project in Fremantle. Instead, former Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss re-announced the project as part of the 2014 Budget.

People in Perth and Fremantle will not be fooled by the Liberals’ magical mystery infrastructure re-announcement tour.

Only a Shorten Labor Government can deliver the community infrastructure locals need and deserve.