Jul 16, 2010

Murchison community depot and fuel facility open

Murchison community depot and fuel facility open

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 16 2010

The Murchison Shire community are today celebrating the opening of their new community stores depot and 24-hour fuel facility, improving access to basic goods and fuel for the community and visitors to this small community and the region.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, said the Australian Government provided $100,000 to the Shire of Murchison for the two projects from the $1.1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

“Importantly, during construction of the projects three contractors were used and two ongoing local jobs maintained as a result of project completion.”

“The Murchison settlement, on the Wool Wagon Pathway, is home to less than 100 residents over 45,000 square kilometres, so having groceries and basic items sent to a central point for collection is essential.”

“On top of this, weekly deliveries of goods to the depot will encourage locals to come together socially, on a more regular basis.”

“The new fuel facilities will also provide a vital link for locals and visitors alike.”

“The Wool Wagon Pathway spans more than 1,100 kilometres and travellers tackling the route need to refuel to complete the journey safely.

The new 24 hour fuel facility will encourage visitors to re-fuel in Murchison rather than pass-by, creating more benefits for local business.”

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

“In partnership with every council in the country we are delivering almost 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.

“I congratulate the Shire of Murchison and the community for helping deliver these projects, which is helping to build a stronger region for the future,” Mr Albanese said.