Apr 8, 2010

Nine ways to improve Warrnambool lifestyle

Nine ways to improve Warrnambool lifestyle

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 07 2010

The Warrnambool community today celebrated the opening of nine local infrastructure projects, worth more than $3.2 million, which will provide much-needed recreation and sports facilities to the region.

Gavin Marshall, Senator for Victoria, was on hand to mark the opening with Warrnambool Mayor Michael Neoh.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided over $791,000 to the Warrnambool City Council for these projects from the $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.

"Contributions from the Victorian State Government and the Warrnambool and Moyne Councils bring the total value of these projects to over $3.2 million.

"Importantly, during construction of the projects over 60 local jobs were supported across a range of trades and services, providing a boost to local businesses."

Senator Marshall said the biggest project was the construction of the $2.2 million Rail Trail Boardwalk along low lying areas of the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail.

"Other completed projects include the resurfacing of Netball Courts in South Warrnambool and Bushfield, upgrading the Warrnambool Airport and refurbishments to the Brierly Community and Recreation Space.

"These projects have created more recreation spaces for young people and families in Warrnambool, as well as providing better facilities for an ageing population," Senator Marshall said.

Mr Albanese said in partnership with every council in the country, the Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than 4,900 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’re making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the RLCIP," Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese and Senator Marshall congratulated the Warrnambool City Council and the community for helping deliver these nine projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future. Project details follow.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Warrnambool City Council – $791,000

  • $200,000 Warrnambool Rail Trail Board Walk upgrade.
  • $111,000 Brierly Community and Recreation Space.
  • $110,000 Construction of a new storage facility for the Holiday Actors program.
  • $100,000 Upgrading Warrnambool Airport infrastructure.
  • $100,000 Redevelopment of History House.
  • $100,000 Construction of two new playgrounds at Hickford Parade Reserve and Wendy Place and Matthews Court.
  • $50,000 Construction of Lake Pertobe shelter and BBQ area.
  • $10,000 Netball Courts resurfacing in South Warrnambool and Bushfield.
  • $10,000 Construction a new storage facility for the local Calisthenics club.