23 August 2013

The Rudd Labor Government has announced a $7 million grant towards Maitland City Councils The Levee project.

Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon announced the funding alongside Mayor Peter Blackmore in Maitland today.

The Levee project will integrate High Street and the Hunter River through the construction of a contemporary pedestrian and vehicle shared-way, and will be the centre piece of the rejuvenation of Maitlands city centre.

The announcement follows an earlier $11 million federal government grant to assist in the development of an affordable inner-city housing project, and recent grants to place CCTV cameras in the CBD and to illuminate CBD taxi ranks.

Mr Fitzgibbon said funding for the The Levee project is a well-deserved win for the community and would provide a new lifestyle precinct in Central Maitland.

To revitalise the CBD we need to make it an attractive place, a functional place and have more people living near the CBD.

I congratulate Maitland Council on its vision and the quality of its application

The funds for the project are funded under the latest round of the Regional Development Australia Fund. Funding for this project is already included in the budget.

Minister for Regional Australia, Catherine King, said the Levee project would deliver great benefits to the community, and help build a stronger future.

These projects come on top of the Rudd Labor Governments record investment in regional Australia, including the National Plan for School Improvement, the National Broadband Network and the Roads to Recovery program all of which are helping to secure the future of regional communities, Ms King said.

Further information on the Regional Development Australia Fund is available at: http://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/rdaf.aspx