Feb 16, 2010

Swim, skate and socialise in the Coolamon region

Swim, skate and socialise in the Coolamon region

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 16 2010

The rural New South Wales communities of Coolamon, Ganmain and Arldlethan today celebrated the official opening of three projects which will all add a new dimension to the region’s recreational and sporting facilities.

The Rudd Labor Government provided $100,000 to the Coolamon Shire Council for the three projects 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 was a key part of the Economic Stimulus Plan and was delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.

“Construction of these projects supported full time employment for ten people,” Mr Albanese said.

The projects included:

  • The newly enhanced Ganmain Main Street and Town Square; involving building a new Town Square in Ford Street, with paving, landscaping, community seating and lighting.
  • Installation of solar heating at Ardlethan Pool, which will allow the facility to be used all year round, and;
  • Construction of the new Coolamon Skate Park, which sits within the Coolamon Swimming Pool precinct, creating a new sporting hub for the community.

“There has been a demand for more recreation facilities for young people in the Coolamon region for some time, so these facilities will address the needs of the community,” Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country the Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects like these, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with the Coolamon Shire Council set to receive at least another $30,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure.

“I congratulate the Coolamon Shire Council and the local community for helping deliver these new facilities and building a stronger region for the future.”