Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Edmonton Gains Activities Centre and Cyclone Shelter

Media Release


14 November 2013

Joint release with:

Warren Entsch

Member for Leichhardt

The official opening of the Edmonton Leisure Centre today gives the southern Cairns suburb a sports centre which doubles as a cyclone shelter.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the centre had created a community hub where residents of the fast-growing suburb could gather for sports, community events and other activities.

“It also doubles as a cyclone shelter, providing a safe haven for 1,500 people in the event of a disaster,” Mr Truss said.

“It has been located to avoid flooding and constructed to resist the very destructive winds of the most severe Tropical Cyclone, known as Category 5.”

The Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, said the centre was a fine example of three levels of government working together to provide much-needed sporting and community infrastructure along with protection in a case of a natural disaster or emergency situation.

“The $14.6 million project was built through a contribution of $1.5 million by the Australian Government, $5 million by the Queensland Government in partnership with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and $8.1 million from the Cairns Regional Council,” Mr Entsch said.

“It has two multi-purpose indoor sports courts catering for netball, basketball, volleyball, boxing, and the indoor soccer game of futsal.

“This is a wonderful centre for family sports and leisure activities, improving the quality of life of Edmonton residents.

“As well, it provides a sense of security in terms of cyclone protection. It has been located away from predicted storm surge and flood risk areas, is strong enough for the worst category of tropical cyclone and has a back-up power supply.”

Construction of the centre created 55 direct jobs and 58 indirect jobs, and the centre's operation has created 10 permanent jobs.