Feb 5, 2010

Showing off Tenterfield

Showing off Tenterfield

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 5 2010

Residents and visitors to Tenterfield are showing off their newly upgraded Showground just in time for the 133rd Annual Tenterfield Show, starting this weekend.

The Rudd Labor Government provided $62,283 to the Tenterfield Shire Council for the upgrade from the $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government Anthony Albanese said “The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program 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.”

“Two local jobs were supported during the construction phase of the project and ongoing maintenance of the grounds will ensure that employment opportunities are given to local trades, which will create flow-on benefits for the community.”

The project involved upgrading the pavilion and grandstand at the Showground with new paint finishes, bathroom amenities, a new kitchen and change room facilities.

“In addition to the Annual Show, the facilities will be used for sporting and fundraising events, carnivals and community events,” Mr Albanese said.

“With a population of approximately 6,900 residents, this upgraded facility will form an important social and recreational hub for the local Tenterfield community.

“In partnership with every council in the country we are delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects, 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,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in the coming months, with the Tenterfield Shire Council set to receive at least another $160,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and build more vital community infrastructure.

“I congratulate the Tenterfield Shire Council and the local community for their work on delivering this important project and helping build a stronger region for the future.”