Aug 19, 2009

Work begins on new outdoor stage for Glebe Park

Work begins on new outdoor stage for Glebe Park

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 19 2009

Construction work has commenced on a purpose-built performance stage in Glebe Park as well as shading for the children’s play area, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government Anthony Albanese and ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today.

Mr Albanese said the project was expected to employ nine construction workers, supporting local jobs in Canberra as well as improving facilities for the community.

“The new outdoor stage will be a high-quality community facility for live music, drama performances and community events.

“The Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan provided $600,000 for the Glebe Park works, and a further $1.4 million for the state-of-the-art Eddison Park youth plaza in the Woden Valley.

“Across Australia, we are delivering thousands of local infrastructure projects like this one across Australia to support local economies and improve the quality of life in communities.

“The Rudd Labor Government is partnering with the ACT Government to deliver this boost to the Canberra community.”

Mr Stanhope said that Glebe Park was one of Canberra’s best-known and visited parks and hosts a range of community events.

“The stage will help to attract more events and visitors to the underutilised southern area of the park.

“Children, parents and carers will also benefit from more shading and seating for the playground.

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

Mr Stanhope said the performance stage was recommended by the community during consultations on the park’s Masterplan, held last year.

The eight-by-five metre stage will be shaded and include power and lighting. Works are scheduled to be completed later this year.

The ACT Government is also investing $1.6 million for significant upgrades to paving in Glebe Park, with works scheduled to be completed by mid 2010.