Mar 3, 2010

Mornington Peninsula gets a double boost for infrastructure

Mornington Peninsula gets a double boost for infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 3 2010

Communities on the Mornington Peninsula today celebrated the opening of two infrastructure projects – the upgraded Mount Eliza Neighbourhood Centre and the redevelopment of the Vern Wright Reserve at Rosebud West.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said that the Rudd Labor Government provided $200,000 to the Mornington Peninsula Shire for the two projects from our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

“The RLCIP is a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

“Importantly, these two projects supported local jobs during planning and construction and more employment opportunities are expected to be created on an ongoing basis.

“The upgraded Neighbourhood Centre now provides more space for the youth outreach program and the many other community groups that use the facility.

“The Centre now boasts a second meeting room, a new manager’s office, additional storage, decking, car park disability access and a new playground.

“The Vern Wright Reserve has been transformed from an old tip site to a new recreational space, with playgrounds, seating, barbeque facilities and shelters.

“In partnership with every council in the country, the Rudd Government is delivering more than 3,300 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.

“The Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Mornington Peninsula Shire set to receive at least another $386,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure.

“I congratulate the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the local community for helping deliver these two local projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future,” Mr Albanese concluded.