With Minister's Visit, Dunn and Lewis Even Closer to Completion

Media Release

JB062/2014

01 July 2014

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis MP

Federal Member for Gilmore

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon. Jamie Briggs, Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis, and Dunn and Lewis founder Gayle Dunn today planted a native flowering gum tree at the Dunn and Lewis Centre in Ulladulla, a symbol to mark the start of construction on the Centre's final stage.

The start of construction, only possible due to a recent Federal grant of $2 million, will finally allow completion of State 2, the auditorium and function centre, finally completing the facility infrastructure, ready for ‘fit out’.

“Since Gayle Dunn first established the Dunn and Lewis foundation in 2003, she has managed to create a community space that is now one of the best jewels in Ulladulla's crown, both in terms of its status as a major community asset, and as a lasting testament to the 88 Australian victims of the 2002 Bali Bombings,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

Assistant Minister Briggs said the funding to Dunn & Lewis Youth Development Foundation Inc was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to delivering long term productive community infrastructure for communities across Australia.

“We are getting on with the job of providing $314.2 million toward almost 300 community infrastructure projects across Australia.”

“Funding for the Dunn and Lewis Memorial Centre will deliver the structure for an auditorium and training rooms for Distance Education Programs which will hugely benefit the Ulladulla community.”

 “I look forward to coming back to see the Auditorium and Function Centre up and running and benefiting the Ulladulla community,” Minister Briggs said.

With excavation, foundation and slab work already completed, today's funding will allow the final construction of the above ground elements of the multipurpose Auditorium and Function Centre, ready for fit out.

Once completed, it's expected the new Centre will create a number of new opportunities for the community, including fostering seniors group activities, gymnastics and sport activities, dance groups, performing arts, cultural events, visiting and local exhibitions, health related activities, and training in hospitality and tourism.