Dunn and Lewis Memorial Centre Stage 2 now open

Media Release

MCC019/2015

20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis MP

Federal Member for Gilmore

The Ulladulla community today welcomed the opening of the much anticipated Dunn and Lewis Memorial Centre.

Built in honour of Ulladulla locals Craig Dunn and Danny Lewis who were amongst the 88 Australians victims killed in the 2002 Bali Bombings, the community centre is a regional sporting and training facility, and provides young people with a community space to support social wellbeing and development.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government provided $2 million towards the completion of Stage 2a of the Centre under the Community Development Grants Programme.

"The Australian Government's $350 million Community Development Grants Programme is delivering more than 300 community projects right across Australia," Mr McCormack said.

"We are committed to helping local government and organisations deliver projects, just like this one, that have a longer term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities."

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, who was in Ulladulla at the opening today, said the new Centre provides a much needed multi-purpose community space :

"The Centre runs Distance Education Programs for disengaged young people as well as upskilling programs for adults who are looking for a job," Mrs Sudmalis said.

"It also offers a meeting and activity space for young people to form positive social connections.

"The delivery of this asset was a 2013 election commitment of mine and I am thrilled to see it come to fruition. I am also delighted that this dream of Gayle Dunn's has been brought to life after all her hard work and belief."

"The Centre's international memorial gardens provide a lasting testament of the 2002 Bali Bombings with the names of all 202 victims featured on name plaques."

"Locally, eight jobs were created during the construction of this project and two ongoing positions have been created as a result of the project—delivering an important economic boost to the region, adds Mrs Sudmalis"

Future fit-out works for the Centre are expected to include sports courts, a climbing wall, gymnastic facility, stage, and radio broadcasting/recording studio.