Apr 20, 2010

Lake Macquarie shows off new scenic Pathway

Lake Macquarie shows off new scenic Pathway

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 20 2010

Member for Shortland, Jill Hall, joined the Lake Macquarie community on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the scenic $2.5 million Red Bluff Shared Pathway.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided over $1.1 million to the Lake Macquarie City Council for the $2.5 million project from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"The RLCIP now totals more than $1 billion and is a key part of the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term," Mr Albanese said.

"Importantly, four new jobs were created and around ten existing ongoing jobs were secured due to the construction of the pathway."

Ms Hall said the project involved installation of an elevated 360 metre boardwalk over the Lake Macquarie with viewing decks, lightning and landscaping.

"The new bridge links onto a nine kilometre cycleway from Eleebana to Booragul, providing a safe off-road pathway to the popular Warners Bay retail area," Ms Hall said.

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country the Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than 4,900 small and larger scale building projects like this one, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

"In fact, we are making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the RLCIP."

Mr Albanese and Ms Hall congratulated the Lake Macquarie City Council and the local community for helping to deliver this project, building a stronger region for the future.