A RE-ELECTED Rudd Labor Government will invest $200,000 to help complete a major redevelopment of Ron Costello Park at Shellharbour, which will help build a stronger future for Australia.
Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, said the project would be funded under the Liveable Communities program which will support local projects that build stronger communities.
“Federal Labor is serious about investing in our local communities and helping them become better places to live, work and play.”
Candidate for Gilmore Neil Reilly welcomed the funding, saying it was crucial to finish the $1million redevelopment of Ron Costello Park is home to Shellharbour Sharks Rugby League Club.
Funding would be used to complete work on the grandstands, the upstairs canteen and to build dirt mounts for viewing.
“The Sharks are an outstanding and rapidly growing club as well as a feeder club to the Illawarra Dragons, so finishing off these facilities is vital to their future prosperity,” Mr Reilly said.
“After the enormous amount of work they’ve put in, this federal funding will help them to complete their dream and vision for the club and enable them to focus on football.”
Minister for Sport Don Farrell said Neil Reilly had lobbied hard to secure $200,000 in funding for Ron Costello Park.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba also welcomed the announcement, adding: “This $200,000 contribution from the Federal Government will be an absolutely wonderful support for the Shellharbour community.
“Neil’s commitment to Gilmore particularly in the relation to tourism and sport has been outstanding and, for me, it’s great to see him so concerned about Shellharbour,” she said.
This commitment would be delivered through the Government’s Liveable Communities Program that is already included in the budget.