Aug 10, 2009

Work begins on $1.8 million Woden youth plaza

Work begins on $1.8 million Woden youth plaza

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 10 2009

Construction work has commenced for the $1.8 million state-of-the-art youth plaza in the Woden Valley, which is expected to employ 58 construction workers.

Today, Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese and ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope inspected the project, which includes a skate park and events stage.

The Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan has provided $1.4 million for the Eddison Park youth plaza, with the remaining $400,000 funded by the ACT Government.

Mr Albanese said the Rudd Labor Government was supporting local jobs in Canberra by building practical community projects like Eddison Park.

“Our Economic Stimulus Plan is delivering thousands of local infrastructure projects across Australia to boost local economies and improve the quality of life in communities,” Mr Albanese said.

“Young Canberrans and local families will benefit from this great venue for sport, recreational activities, and performance events.

“I want to congratulate the ACT Government for working with the Rudd Labor Government to deliver this important community infrastructure project.”

Mr Stanhope said the plaza concept was developed in consultation with the community.

“This state-of-the-art youth plaza will provide a dedicated place in the Woden Valley for young Canberrans to socialise, exercise and to express themselves,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The plans were developed in consultation with locals and community groups to ensure the plaza caters for young people of all ages and interests and their families.

"I commend the Rudd Labor Government for providing funding for this important community infrastructure project.”

The plaza, which also features play equipment and a half basketball court, is set to be completed later this year.