May 27, 2010

Mascot Library And Museum upgrade complete

Mascot Library And Museum upgrade complete

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 27 2010

The Mascot community celebrated the official opening of the Mascot Library and Museum today, which will provide improved facilities for the local community.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $218,000 to the Botany Bay City Council for the $850,000 project from our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"Importantly, 30 jobs were supported during the upgrade of the Mascot Library and 5 new ongoing positions have been created as a result, providing a real boost to the local economy," he said.

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

The project provides new meeting and study rooms, a child-friendly play area, improved access for people with a disability, upgraded air-conditioning and lighting, and new moveable shelves – all within a modern community facility.

Peter Garrett, Member for Kingsford Smith, said, "The library is an important community meeting and learning place."

"The upgrades have ensured that the library and museum are modern, flexible and able to be enjoyed by the community and visitors for years to come," he said.

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country the Rudd Labor Government was delivering nearly 5,000 small and larger scale building projects like these, 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 said.

"I congratulate the Botany Bay City Council, and the community for helping deliver this important project," Mr Albanese concluded.