$1.5 Million Boost Delivered in Calare Through Community Development Grants Programme

Media Release


09 April 2014

Joint release with:

The Hon John Cobb MP

Federal Member for Calare

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments to the electorate of Calare through the newly established Community Development Grants Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Calare John Cobb today announced the Australian Government has delivered $1.5 million towards the Parkes Regional Airport Redevelopment project.

“The Parkes Regional Airport redevelopment will provide contemporary facilities which will be of significant benefit to the people of Parkes and the economic development of the region,” Mr Cobb said.

“The funding will assist in replacing the existing runway lighting, refurbishing the airport terminal and expanding car parking facilities. It will increase airport capacity, strengthening a vital link for business and commerce.

“I am so pleased after working with Parkes Shire Council for many years to actually have the money and for Parkes to look to the future for the region's benefit.

“This announcement will be welcome news for the community who were promised this funding by Labor but never received it.”

Mr Briggs said the funding was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to creating viable local and regional economies.

“The Australian Government is committed to providing long term improvements in productive community infrastructure for regions across Australia,” said Mr Briggs.

“We are providing up to $342 million toward around 300 community projects across Australia.

“Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments instead of just talking about them.”

The programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which undertakes a value for money assessment of each project against the programme guidelines to ensure the efficient, effective, and economical use of taxpayers' money.