Oct 24, 2009

Lismore community infrastructure projects officially open

Lismore community infrastructure projects officially open

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 24 2009

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Anthony Albanese today joined with Page MP Janelle Saffin to officially open Goonellabah’s new Youth Plaza and mark the completion of work at South Lismore’s Nesbitt Park.

Mr Albanese said the Rudd Labor Government contributed $909,000 towards these two projects, with Lismore City Council kicking in a further $231,000.

“I congratulate the Council for moving so quickly to our economic stimulus money to work creating local jobs and building facilities that will having lasting benefits for the local community,” said Mr Albanese.

“All up, these projects created five construction jobs as well as ongoing employment for a further six locals.”

The new Youth Plaza includes a skate park, half basketball court, shade structures and a performance stage. While the Nesbitt Park upgrade provides additional recreational space for families such as picnic areas and facilities to play cricket.

Ms Saffin said local youth needed a meeting place like the multi-purpose plaza where they could participate in fun activities which promoted a healthier lifestyle.

“Nesbitt Park has always been a popular place for families to enjoy the outdoors, and its enhanced facilities will be welcomed by many in the community,” she said.

Funding for the two projects came from the Rudd Labor Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, a key part of its Economic Stimulus Plan.