Apr 13, 2010

Quirindi’s Royal Theatre reopens

Quirindi’s Royal Theatre reopens

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 13 2010

There was a new blockbuster in Quirindi today with the opening of the redeveloped Quirindi Royal Theatre, along with two other local infrastructure projects.

Doug Cameron, Senator for New South Wales, joined the Quirindi community as the cinema’s indoor/outdoor screen came back to life for the first time since 2006.

The event also marked the opening of the upgraded Quirindi Historical Cottage and Museum and the new Tranquillity Garden at the Quirindi Nursing Home.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $374,000 to the Liverpool Plains Shire Council for the 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," Mr Albanese said.

"Three jobs were supported during the construction of these projects, one of which will be ongoing."

Senator Cameron said the redevelopment of the Royal Theatre would appeal to residents of all ages and provide a beautiful new cinema and live entertainment facility to the region.

"The redeveloped theatre will be used not only for cinema and live theatre, but also dances, fund raising events, musical performances and presentations," Senator Cameron said.

"The upgrade of the Quirindi Historical Cottage and the development of the Tranquillity Garden at the Quirindi Nursing Home are also meaningful projects for the community."

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country the Australian 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 are making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the RLCIP."

Mr Albanese and Senator Cameron congratulated the Liverpool Plains Shire Council and the local community for helping deliver these three projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future.