Feb 13, 2009

Rudd Government secures extra $500 million for local community infrastructure

Rudd Government secures extra $500 million for local community infrastructure – no thanks to Liberal and National parties

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 13 2009

Today, the Rudd Labor Government has secured the passage of the $42 billion National Building and Jobs Plan which includes an additional $500 million for community infrastructure like sports grounds, swimming pools, community centres and town halls.

This victory for local communities has come despite the Liberal and National parties voting against the package repeatedly.

The Government will give local councils and shires the opportunity to submit new or revised applications for the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects.

This program has been extremely popular with 344 submissions already received – which sought more than $1.2 billion to build infrastructure and boost local economies.

Councils and shires will have until 4pm AEDST, Friday 6 March 2009 to submit new or revised applications. Interested local governments must do one of the following:

  • Advise my Department that they wish to continue with their existing applications;
  • Submit a new application for a new project; or
  • Revise their existing application and resubmit within the deadline.

Existing Guidelines for the Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects will continue to apply. They include:

  • Applications are limited only to local governments, and only one application per council;
  • Projects must be ready to go and able to proceed within six months of signing a contract;
  • Projects must be seeking a Commonwealth contribution of at least $2 million;
  • Councils are encouraged to contribute funds or secure partnership funds for projects; and
  • Community organisations’ projects are permitted if sponsored by a local government.

The Government is determined to deliver this funding as quickly as possible. We are taking decisive action to support jobs, generate construction and build infrastructure in communities.

The additional $500 million builds on the $300 million announced by the Prime Minister in November 2008 at the Australian Council of Local Government – bringing community infrastructure funding to $800 million over two years.

The Government is also conscious of the additional needs of local communities that have been affected by the Victorian bushfires and the Queensland floods. We are consulting with councils to determine options for assisting the rebuilding effort in those communities.

Please ring 1800 005 494 for further information or visit http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/rlcip_guidelines.aspx