Dec 16, 2009

Work begins on $14.8 million library and learning centre

Work begins on $14.8 million library and learning centre

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 16 2009

Residents of Craigieburn in Melbourne’s North came a step closer today to the completion of their new library and learning centre, with the official commencement of construction works.

Maria Vamvakinou, Federal Member for Calwell, was on hand with Geoff Porter, Mayor for Hume City Council, to mark the start of construction at the new facility.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said that as part of the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, the Hume City Council received almost $9.5 million for the project. With the Council kicking in a further $5.3 million, the total value of this project is nearly $14.8 million.

Mrs Vamvakinou said that Hume was one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, and so the new library and learning centre was greatly needed.

“The new Library and Learning Centre will service the expanding community and surrounds,” Ms Vamvakinou said.

“Works will include design, construction and fit-out of the new Library and Learning Centre, incorporating a foyer, reception, reading lounge, study area, amphitheatre, internet area, IT training, and much more – all creating an information hub and meeting place for the expanding community.

“During construction this project will support approximately 50 jobs, and once complete the facility will provide up to 10 ongoing local jobs.”

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 this one, 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 through the more than $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program,” Mr Albanese said.

The Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with Hume City Council set to receive at least $689,000.

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

Mrs Vamvakinou and Mr Albanese congratulated the Hume City Council and the local community for helping deliver this important community facility and helping to build a stronger region for the future.