Mar 14, 2015

Labor proud of Blue Mountains Community Infrastructure

Federal Labor welcomes the opening of the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub today, a project funded by the former Labor Government under the Community Infrastructure Grants program.

I was delighted to attend the opening in Springwood today with New South Wales Labor Candidate for the Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, and Labor’s spokesperson for the Federal seat of Macquarie, Susan Templeman.

I announced funding for this great project with Susan Templeman on 14 August 2010 as the then Minister for Regional Development and Local Government. I congratulate Susan Templeman on her tireless advocacy for the project.

The former Labor Government invested $9.5 million into the much‐needed new facilities, in partnership with the Blue Mountains City Council.

The Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub provides an integrated cultural and community precinct including a professional theatre, community services, community facilities, expanded parking facilities and landscaped forecourt, adjacent to the Springwood Library and historic Braemar House.

The project builds on Federal Labor’s record investment in Blue Mountains infrastructure, including of millions of dollars to fix local road black spots and more than 20 local community and sporting facility projects.

The former Labor Government also provided record funding of $300 million for the Great Western Highway helping to ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve driving conditions for the 34,000 motorists who use the Highway each day.

The Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub has been completed despite cuts by the incoming Liberal Government to Blue Mountains Council, including slashing $645,000 from the Regional Development Australia Fund and $3 million dollars of Financial Assistance Grants.

I am proud of the way that Federal Labor worked with local government to build local communities and look forward to renewing that partnership after the next election.