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Rudd Government helps to fund a better hall For Byford.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Maxine McKew MP Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

26 August 2009 MM031/2009

Rudd Government Helps To Fund A Better Hall For Byford

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Maxine McKew, today visited the site of the federally co-funded Byford Hall redevelopment that's due to commence in October.

Ms McKew welcomed the imminent redevelopment which delivers a commitment made during the 2007 election campaign, while also stressing the pivotal role of federal funding for the project.

"Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire received $275,000 in funding from the Rudd Government's $176 million Better Regions Program."

"That federal funding helped the Council to leverage other funding from the WA State Government and other sources to fund an $898,000 redevelopment."

The Byford Hall renovations include upgrades to the hall's lighting, kitchen, acoustic ceiling and air conditioning.

The hall, which has not had any significant renovations since it was built in the 1960s, will also be extended by creating meeting rooms at the rear of the hall which can be opened up to create a wider space or a mini amphitheatre for up to 400 people.

The additions will make the hall more comfortable for current users like the Byford Country Dance group, Taekwondo and Badminton clubs, and assist the Byford Progress Association with their activities such as outdoor films and country markets.

Ms McKew congratulated Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire for getting the project underway, and commended the Western Australian Government and Peel Development Commission for their financial support in delivering the project.

"The Rudd Government's decision to invest in community infrastructure has allowed local governments to get thousands of projects off the ground they would otherwise not have been able to complete for years," said Ms McKew.

The Better Regions Program is part of the Rudd Labor Government's 2007 election promise to invest in projects identified by local communities across regional Australia as priority investments.

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Matt Pulford ( McKew's Office ) 0434 655 781

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URL: http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mm/releases/2009/august/mm031_2009.htm

Parliamentary Secretary Maxine McKew at Byford Hall with CEO of the Peel Development Commission, Maree DeLacey, Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire President, Denyse Needham, and WA Member for Darling Range, Tony Simpson MLA, discussing the Hall's upgrade which received $275,000 from the Federal Government's Better Regions Program.

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