THE HON SIMON CREAN MP
Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
7 December 2010
Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said more than 22 local councils and shires around the Northern Territory will benefit from funding for community infrastructure projects in the electorate.
The Australian Government funding provided under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, was announced today by Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean.
This now brings the Government’s total investment in the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to more than $1 billion.
“The strength of this program is that each and every project has been proposed by the respective local council or shire to meet the individual needs of their local community, ” Mr Snowdon said.
“These projects will be of great benefit to local communities because they are also expected to support more than 105 jobs in Lingiari.
“Thanks to this funding, projects will now go ahead which will enhance neighbourhood safety, environmental protection and of course local sport, which is a huge part of life in the Territory,” Mr Snowdon said.
Some of the projects that will be funded include: (a full list is attached seperately)
$76,000 to install a public solar security lighting system in Stuart Terrace Park, Alice Springs
$30,000 for refurbishment of the Barkly AFL change rooms at Purkiss Reserve, Tennant Creek, allowing for the use of the facilities by local and visiting sports teams
$162,000 towards upgrading the Galiwinku Landfill site, East Arnhem, to meet environmental, licensing and operational requirements
$103,000 for refurbishment of the Kalkarindji Service Centre community area, Victoria Daly, to improve comfort of the users and enjoyment of the facility
Funding has been allocated to councils according to population, location and growth indicators, with councils submitting project proposals based on their notional allocation.
The Australian Government is working in partnership with the Town Councils of Alice Springs and Katherine, the Shire Councils of Barkly, Central Desert, East Arnhem, MacDonnell, Roper Gulf, Tiwi Islands, Victoria Daly, Wagait and West Arnhem, the Community Government Councils of Belyuen and Coomalie and Litchfield Council to deliver the projects.
“This program is an example of localism in action, where the Australian Government is listening to communities and helping to deliver what locals want and need,” Mr Crean said.
For more information on the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, please visit www.regional.gov.au.
Editor’s note: Detailed information about projects is attached separately.
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