POMONAL - Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories, Catherine King has announced that following the Rudd Labor Government's commitment of $318,186 under the Regional Development Australia Fund Round Five, the Ararat Rural City Council has identified the Pomonal Community Precinct - Hall Construction as a key project for the local community.
"The community will be thrilled to hear that the Ararat Rural City Council has identified Pomonal Community Precinct as a priority project.
"Locals have been campaigning for this project for some time, which will redevelop and enhance the Hall at the Pomonal Community Precinct to ensure that the facility meets the future needs of the Pomonal Community," Ms King said.
"Federal Labor is serious about investing in regional and local communities and helping them to meet future challenges and opportunities."
Federal Labor candidate for Wannon, Michael Barling visited the Pomonal Hall to welcome the announcement and congratulated the Pomonal community and Ararat Rural City Council on their hard work and success in identifying this great project.
"This project would provide a much improved facility for important local events like the Pomonal Native Flower Show and the Pomonal Market," Mr Barling said.
"We are committed to continue supporting communities through measures to boost employment, strengthen social inclusion, and setting them up for a successful future."
Funding for the project is already in the Budget and will be allocated from the Federal Government's Regional Development Australia Found round five. Under this round, grants were allocated to every council in Australia, giving each the opportunity to make their community's voice heard by submitting priority local projects.
"These projects come on top of the Rudd Labor Government's record investment in regional Australia, including the Better Schools Plan, the National Broadband Network and the Roads to Recovery program - all of which are helping to secure the future of regional communities," Mr Barling said.
The Government will work with local councils to ensure projects identified by local communities meet value-for-money assessments and program guidelines.