Mar 5, 2009

Rudd Government delivers $251,000 for Croydon North street upgrades

Rudd Government delivers $251,000 for Croydon North street upgrades

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 5 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has today announced $251,000 to upgrade the main streets in Croydon North– as part of our investment to support jobs, boost the local economy and improve our local community.

Mr Albanese said, “The funding will be delivered from the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the biggest investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

“Ashfield Council will receive this funding to begin work on its urban redesign plan for Elizabeth and Hennessy Streets and Edwin Street North in the Croydon North shopping and business precinct.”

Mr Murphy said, “The Council advises that it has been developing a comprehensive plan for streetscaping works since 2007, including a lengthy process of community and stakeholder consultation to arrive at the preferred design option.

“Following some refinement of the detailed construction plans, the Council expects that preliminary works will commence shortly.

Anyone who lives around Croydon and Ashfield can see the importance of this project. The shopping and business precinct in Croydon North is in urgent need of an overhaul.”

Mr Albanese said, “I am pleased to be able to approve funding so quickly for this project.

There’s no doubt that without federal funding to kick-start the project, this would have been pushed out to the ‘never-never’.”

Mr Murphy said, “Investing in local projects like this is a great way to generate construction activity and provide much-needed infrastructure to local communities.”

Mr Albanese concluded, “More than 3,600 projects have been submitted nationally under the first round of the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program. And the Rudd Government has been rolling out projects in local communities.”

Anthony with Ashfield councillor Jeannette Wang examining plans for the Croydon North upgrade.