Toodyay is set to benefit following the announcement that the Toodyay Sport and Recreation Precinct project will be funded under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Toodyay Sport and Recreation Precinct can now become a reality after receiving over $4.7 million through the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the Toodyay community, with the project receiving funding to develop a sport and recreation precinct that will include sporting fields, change rooms and a much wanted aquatic centre,” Mr Porter said.
“Toodyay has never had a public swimming pool and the community has clearly identified its desire for a pool and improved sporting facilities as high priorities.
“This will have major flow on benefits across the Toodyay community, including economic, social and job creation, ensuring the region continues to thrive and prosper into the future.
“The Toodyay Sport and Recreation Precinct will provide a place where locals can stay active, remain socially connected and will generally improve and enhance the Toodyay community.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total leveraged project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.
“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done. It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.”
Acting Shire President, Cr Therese Chitty, said the Shire of Toodyay is extremely pleased that the Toodyay Sport and Recreation Precinct can now become a reality.
“This project is the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment by successive Councils and many Shire staff, especially our CEO Stan Scott,” Cr Chitty said.
“It will be a game changer for Toodyay.
“I would like to thank all of those involved for their perseverance and Christian Porter and his staff for their support and encouragement over the journey.”
A further $200 million was announced in the 2018-19 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.