Laidley's Multipurpose Sports and Recreation Centre

Media Release

WT111/2014

16 July 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Buchholz

Member for Wright

Steven Jones

Mayor for Lockyer Valley

Construction on Laidley's long awaited $2.6 million Multipurpose Sports and Recreation Centre is now underway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss committed $500,000 towards this important community project on behalf of the Australian Government.

“We are committed to building viable and sustainable regional communities through projects like the Laidley Multipurpose Sports and Recreation Centre,” Mr Truss said.

“The previous Labor government left many worthy projects in limbo in the lead up to the last federal election—unfunded and uncontracted.

“The new Coalition government has stepped in to fix the mess, investing $314.2 million towards almost 300 community projects across Australia under our Community Development Grants programme.

“In addition, our election commitment of a dedicated $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund has been funded in the federal budget to invest in important regional projects.”

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the funding is greatly appreciated by the local community to upgrade the existing grandstand, clubhouse, car park and canteen.

“The new state-of-the-art facilities will host over 250 spectators for a wide range of sporting events,” Mr Buccholz said.

“The increase in sports tourism will support local businesses and deliver a big boost to the region's economy.”

Mayor for Lockyer Valley, Steve Jones, said that the Council's $2.1 million contribution was the largest single investment in a Laidley community project since the construction of the Laidley Cultural Centre many years ago.

“Timber and other elements of the existing grandstand will be incorporated into the new project in recognition of its historical value to the Laidley community,” Cr Jones said.

This project is one of many important regional projects delivered across the country through cooperative partnerships between the Australian Governments and local councils.