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$100 million boost for community infrastructure



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$100 million boost for community infrastructure

07 December 2010 SC018/2010

Local communities are set to benefit as the Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, today announced approval of a $100 million investment to boost community infrastructure.

Local councils and shires across the nation will have funds to build key community assets such as playgrounds or sporting fields as nominated in submissions by the local authority.

"This $100 million investment will not only improve community facilities but at the same time support local jobs and boost local economies," Mr Crean said.

"The Australian Government is committed to assisting communities, local residents and families who will enjoy the benefits of better local libraries, playgrounds, halls, swimming pools and other facilities.

"This program is a concrete example of the Federal Government's commitment to localism - with federal funding for local submissions.

"The funding will help promote business and economic activity nationwide and shows the Federal Government has got the balance right when it comes to stimulus spending - despite Federal Opposition carping.

"This $100 million allocation is the final tranche of a record investment of more than $1.1 billion investment in community infrastructure and is part of the Government's broad stimulus package.

"The Government's community infrastructure projects have not only provided vital infrastructure to local communities but have also helped support the building and construction sector, where residential building approvals are still more than 5 per cent lower than in the lead-up to the Global Financial Crisis."

The $100 million allocation is the third and final round of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program and reflects the planned withdrawal of spending as part of the Government's stimulus strategy.

"More than 5,000 projects are underway or have been completed since the program was established in 2008," Mr Crean said.

"The program supported thousands of jobs across the nation during the Global Financial Crisis and will continue to do so with this round of shovel-ready projects."

Across Australia, the new funding allocation will support:

• More than 500 projects in New South Wales, including upgrades to community halls and installation of shade shelters at parks and reserves.

• Over 220 projects in Victoria, including upgrades to council sewerage, water and irrigation systems. • More than 160 projects in Queensland, including upgrades to town halls across the state. • More than 160 projects in Western Australia, including

installation of energy efficient solar powered lighting in parks across Perth. • Over 130 projects in South Australia, including upgrades to playground equipment, skate parks and

walking trails. • Close to 60 projects in Tasmania, including installation and upgrades to playground equipment. • Over 20 projects in the Northern Territory, including

numerous upgrades to sporting facilities across the Territory. • Three projects in the Australian Capital Territory including upgrades to infrastructure at the home of

Canberra's world renowned flower festival, Floriade.

Funding has been allocated to councils according to population, location and growth indicators, with councils submitting project proposals based on their notional allocation.

For more information on the program and specific projects visit www.regional.gov.au/local/cip/cip100.aspx.

Media Contacts

• Mr Crean's office: Clinton Porteous: 02 6277 7380 or 0403 369 588 • Department of Regional Australia Media Liaison: 02 6274 7686 or 0466 770 298