Apr 14, 2010

Sandringham goes green with infrastructure upgrades

Sandringham goes green with infrastructure upgrades

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 14 2010

The Bayside City community in South East Melbourne today celebrated the opening of three community infrastructure projects that will provide much needed environmental upgrades to the area.

Jacinta Collins, Senator for Victoria, was on hand to mark the opening with Mayor Clifford Hayes.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $355,000 to the Bayside City Council for the $495,000 worth of projects from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"The RLCIP now totals more than $1 billion and is a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan, delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

"Importantly, during construction of the projects 15 jobs were created, providing a boost to the local economy."

"It is a pleasure to be here in Sandringham today to celebrate the completion of these projects," Senator Collins said.

"The completed ‘green’ projects include solar panels for the Council’s Corporate Centre roof, construction of a bicycle path between Head Street and Bay Street in Sandringham and water tanks at five sporting ovals to harvest water from the sports pavilion roofs.

"These projects will assist in reducing the Council’s carbon footprint."

Mr Albanese said in partnership with every council in the country, the Rudd Labor Government was 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 Collins congratulated the Bayside City Council and the local community for helping to deliver these three projects and building a more sustainable city for the future.