Jan 22, 2010

Tumby Bay infrastructure projects opened

Tumby Bay infrastructure projects opened

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

January 22 2010

Senator for South Australia, Annette Hurley, today officially opened the newly upgraded Port Neill Foreshore Playground and four further new community infrastructure projects in the Tumby Bay District Council area.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government said the Rudd Labor Government provided $100,000 to the District Council of Tumby Bay for the projects from the $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“The projects employed six local tradespeople during construction, helping to keep the community working, and one ongoing position has been created,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is a key part our Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term.”

Senator Hurley marked the opening of the projects at the Port Neil Foreshore Playground with Councillors from the District Council of Tumby Bay and members of the local community.

“The Port Neill Foreshore Playground project involved the replacement of outdated playground equipment that was unsafe and did not meet Australian Standards. The new equipment will allow local and visiting children to play in a modern, safe space,” Senator Hurley said.

“The new playground will allow children and families to further enjoy the white sandy beaches and clear waters of the beautiful Port Neill Foreshore.”

The four further projects opened today included the Tumby Bay Soldiers Memorial Hall Upgrade, the Ungarra Recreation Centre Playground project, the Tumby Bay Oval Refurbishment, and the Lipson Main Street Enhancement.

“With a population of over 2,600, all of these important local projects will all serve the needs of the Tumby Bay community,” Senator Hurley said.

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

Mr Albanese and Senator Hurley congratulated the District Council of Tumby Bay and the local community for helping to deliver these important community facilities and build a stronger region for the future.