The Rudd Labor Government will provide $210,000 for five ready-to-go community infrastructure projects in the Richmond Valley Council area as part of its plan to support jobs in the local economy while delivering lasting benefits for communities.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said that the new funding would help upgrade sporting facilities, a youth hall and a public library in communities including Casino, Broadwater and Evans Head.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said that all up, these five projects are expected to support up to 28 jobs during construction.

“The funding we’ve announced today from the second round of our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) will keep more people working in our community, it will support our local economy, and importantly, it will build local infrastructure for the future. The five projects were put forward by Richmond Valley Council as local community priorities,” Ms Saffin said.

Mr Albanese said that in just over a year, the RLCIP had delivered $1 billion to build and renew community facilities across Australia, making it the largest single investment in local infrastructure in the nation’s history.

“Already more than 3,300 community construction projects have either been completed or are underway through the first round,” he said.

“Some of these projects have been on the drawing board for years. By letting local communities decide, the Rudd Government is helping turn the community’s vision into a reality.

“Across the country the RLCIP is funding sporting fields, swimming pools, libraries, community halls, water and energy saving facilities and other local projects.”

APPROVED PROJECTS

Richmond Valley Council – $210,000

·       $20,000 Upgrades to the Coraki Youth Hall

·       $10,000 Upgrade of sporting facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino

·       $20,000 Upgrade of the Stan Payne Oval clubhouse at Evans Head

·       $10,000 Upgrade of Broadwater Tennis Club

·       $150,000 Upgrade to the Casino Library

Further information is available at: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/cip/index.aspx