The Australian Government has reviewed projects left uncontracted and unfunded by the previous Labor Government, announcing it will fund six projects in Lingiari as a priority under the Coalition’s new Community Development Grants Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion have confirmed $5.455m for communities in Lingairi.
The local projects, previously in limbo, that will now be funded include:
Project 1 – Funding of $3.6m will assist to upgrade Tennant Creek sporting facilities
Project 2 – Funding of $500,000 will assist with the Katherine Base Hospital Chemo Chair.
Project 3 – Funding of $460,000 will assist with the Gamarrwa Digital Learning Centre in Yirrkala.
Project 4 – Funding of $450,000 will assist with the construction of the Christmas Island Senior Citizens Centre
Project 5 – Funding of $295,000 will assist with upgrades to the Alice Springs tennis clubhouse
Project 6 – Funding of $150,000 will assist with upgrades to Treagar Park Football Stadium in Alice Springs
“The Community Development Grants Programme makes good on our election commitment to support infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies,” Senator Scullion said.
“Our Government is committed to providing long-term improvements in social and economic infrastructure for regional communities.
“Unlike the previous government’s phantom funding, based on a flawed and failed mining tax, the Coalition is ensuring vital community assets are properly funded and budgeted for.
“Today’s announcement is greatly welcomed news for locals who have been through much heartache. Promises made, but not funded, by the previous government have been gut-wrenching for people who have put in so much effort.
“Today the Coalition has delivered on our election commitments and, at the same time, cleaned-up the funding mess left behind by Labor.”
The programme will be administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which will undertake a value-for-money assessment against the programme guidelines to ensure transparency in decision-making about funding election commitments.
“I am really looking forward to continuing my work with all the local project proponents to help implement these important community initiatives and to delivering genuine benefits to the people of Lingiari,” Senator Scullion said.
Funding recipients will be contacted shortly and asked to provide detailed project information, including project outcomes and benefits, planning and costs and delivery timeframes.
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2013-12-11 NT community development grants release.pdf