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Funding for infrastructure upgrades

  • April 17, 2009
  • Bruce Bromley

The Federal Government has announced the approval of more than $550,000 for nine local infrastructure projects in Stawell and St Arnaud.

The projects funded by the government will include upgrades to Central Park, home to the Stawell Gift.

Infrastructure Minister, Anthony Albanese said the government was delivering funding for these ready to go projects as part of our plan to support local jobs and boost the regions economy during the global recession.

Northern Grampians Shire Council will receive this funding from the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program, the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history. The nine projects that are being funded are as follows:

$125,000 to upgrade the Stawell Leisure Centre, including extending the kiosk, refurbishing the entry foyer, installing a new storage/workshop shed, an upgraded first aid room, and the installation of a new filtering system for the swimming pools.

$109,000 for three upgrades to Central Park Reserve, home to the Stawell Gift running race. They include $75,000 to strengthen and upgrade the Hank Neil Grandstand at the Central Park Reserve.

$125,000 to install modern fire detection and alarm systems in the St Arnaud Town Hall, improve safety and comply with current building regulations.

$18,000 to upgrade the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame including a disabled access ramp to the new building, construction of a wall and paved area and disability access to the amenities in the older section of the Museum.

$16,000 to replace the roof and plumbing at another public grandstand.

$100,000 to upgrade the St Arnaud Swimming Pool, including a new filtration system, a new roof over the change rooms, upgrade of the kiosk, and a new first-aid room.

$35,000 to replace the old air-conditioning at the Stawell Senior Citizens Centre.

$32,000 to remodel and upgrade the Maternal Child Health section of the St Arnaud Childrens Precinct building.

$30,000 to weatherproof an existing storage shed at the Stawell Library.

“We will help generate construction activity and support local jobs during the global recession and we will help improve infrastructure that’s vital to Australia’s sporting history,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Community Infrastructure Program is aimed at stimulating local economies and helping communities respond to worsening global economic circumstances.

“More than 3,600 projects have been submitted under the first round of the Community Infrastructure Program and the Rudd Government is getting on with the job of rolling out projects in local communities across the nation.”