Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Round two of the local capital works program announced



Download PDFDownload PDF

DAVID SIMMONS MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT — MINISTER FOR FAMILY SUPPORT ' 22 October 1992

ROUND TW O OF THE LOCAL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

A further 962 capital works projects worth almost $200 million have been approved for funding under round two of the Commonwealth's Local Capital Works Program (LCWP) announced in the Federal Budget

Federal Minister for Local Government David Simmons, and the President of the Australian Local Government Association, Cr Graeme Frecker, today released details of projects including construction, enhancement or refurbishment of botanic gardens, pools, sports developments, town halls, tourist information centres, meals on wheels facilities, playgrounds,

water reclamation systems, historic buildings, and many other projects aimed at boosting local economic activity and meeting community infrastructure needs.

The LCWP is providing funds, to 410 local authorities around Australia whose unemployed account for 70% of the national total. -

The round two announcement was made in Melbourne at St Kilda railway statioa The $360,000 redevelopment of the former St Kilda railway station, which will employ up to 20 people during the next 12 months, is an approved round two project

Mr Simmons said the refurbishment of this historic building into a tourist information centre, museum, art gallery and cafe was an ideal project, important to economic and social development and indicative of projects yielding permanent jobs. The St Kilda project will lead

to permanent employment for between 10 and 20 people.

Mr Simmons said that in a unique arrangement the State Local Government Associations were playing a major part in administering the program and recommending projects to the Commonwealth for approval.

"A program is being developed that forms a new model for effective administration of programs in Australia."

Cr Frecker said 267 councils had projects approved in the second round of the LCWP.

"Council contributions on top of the Local Capital Works Program funding amount to $40.4 millioa This is in addition to contributions in the first round of $46.5 million."

Victoria will receive the largest share of LCWP funds under this second round with $52.6 million. The other States/Territory's allocations are: New South Wales $44.6m, South Australia $19.6m, Western Australia $ 14.9m, Queensland 12.7m, Tasmania $4.6m, Northern

Territory $0.2m. ________________________________

' .2/

COMMONWEALTH PA R LIA M EN TA R Y LIBRARY M IC A H

MEDIA RELEASE

^CYCLED PAPER — CARING FOR AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENT

2/

Mr Simmons said the speed with which Local Government had responded to the Government's program was outstanding: "Within two months of the program being announced more than 80% of the program's funds of $345 million have been committed."

A further round of proposals will be considered shortly to complete funding under the program. Most projects are expected to start by 1 December and be completed in 12 months.

Media inquiries: Lesley Boaden, Mr Simmons’ Office, 06-277 7240; a/h 06-292 6658