Apr 9, 2010

New Wollondilly Youth Hub opened for Youth Week

New Wollondilly Youth Hub opened for Youth Week

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 09 2010

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion, Senator the Hon. Ursula Stephens, today joined the local community and Mayor Les McMahon, in Tahmoor to celebrate the beginning of Youth Week 2010 and to mark the official opening of the $1.03 million Wollondilly Youth Hub.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the project has delivered greatly improved facilities and a new meeting place for young people in the local community.

"The Rudd Labor Government provided $238,000 to the Wollondilly Shire Council for this project from our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, with the Council and Bradcorp Corporation kicking in a further $800,000" Mr Albanese said.

"The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is a key part of the Economic Stimulus Plan, delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

"Importantly, up to 150 jobs were supported during construction of the project and another 20 local jobs have been created as a result of the project’s completion," he said.

Dr Stephens said the Wollondilly Youth Hub, built as an extension to the Tahmoor Community Centre, offered a specialised recording studio, recreational space, kitchen facilities and outdoor landscaped areas.

"The project arose from research undertaken by the University of Western Sydney based on a ‘Wollondilly Youth Needs Analysis,’ and the project was further developed by the community and the Council.

"The hub will be a valuable addition to the community centre and provide a place where young residents of Tahmoor can engage with new opportunities and services. It will help strengthen their community by helping them connect with one another – being creative and social in a safe environment." Dr Stephens said.

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

"In fact, we’re making the single largest investment in community infrastructure through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program," Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese and Senator Stephens congratulated the Wollondilly Shire Council, the Bradcorp Corporation and the local community for helping deliver this project, and building a stronger region for the future.