Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Infrastructure Employment Projects

The focus of the Infrastructure Employment Projects (IEP) program was to build, renovate or refurbish community infrastructure or improve community amenities in areas such as recreation and tourism, the environment, and social and cultural infrastructure.

The IEP program was one of three streams of the Jobs Fund initiative, together with Local Jobs and Get Communities Working. The later two were administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The IEP program provided funding for investment in community infrastructure projects that generated jobs in regions that were affected by the economic downturn, or in areas suffering from other external shocks. Further information about Local Jobs and Get Communities Working is available from the DEEWR website.

IEP projects were initiated by the Australian Government jointly with State/Territory and/or local governments and non-government organisations, according to the needs of communities. The program has been closed to new projects.

Projects Underway

Completed IEP Projects

The Government's funding contribution under IEP has been completed for the following projects:

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Details on Each of the Projects Underway and Completed

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Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula

Status Under way
Total project cost $33,100,000
Australian government contribution $12,500,000
Grant recipient Tasmanian Government

Project Description

This project involves an upgrade and development of the Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula. It involves upgrading 4.7 km of existing walking trails; construction of accommodation sites and associated amenities; and building 30 km of new walking trails.

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Essendon Sporting and Community Hub

Status Under way
Total project cost $25,700,000
Australian government contribution $6,000,000
Grant recipient Essendon Football Club

Project Description

The project involves the relocation of Essendon Football Club's administration and training facilities to new facilities on a site on Melbourne Airport land. There is a partnership arrangement with the Australian Paralympics Committee for the use of the facilities.

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Black Saturday Memorial Stadium, Wandong

Status Completed
Total project cost $2,680,000
Australian government contribution $2,250,000
Grant recipient Mitchell Shire Council

Project Description

The project completed a single court indoor sports and recreation stadium to support basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton. The facility includes change rooms, storage facilities, portable stage and seating, and a 50,000 litre water storage tank for irrigation and amenity use. The facility will also be utilised as a community meeting venue.

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Fitzgerald River National Park Road Upgrade and Walk Trail Project

Status Completed
Total project cost $40,000,000
Australian government contribution $20,000,000
Grant recipient WA Government

Project Description

The project involved reconstructing and sealing roads within the Fitzgerald River National Park, which will offer easier access to the popular coastal area, and upgrading recreation sites to improve visitor amenity and environmental management.

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra Co-Location Project, Brisbane

Status Completed
Total project cost $14,000,000
Australian government contribution $9,000,000
Grant recipient Arts Queensland

Project Description

This project involved the co-location of The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) within the new Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) headquarters in the Southbank precinct in Brisbane. This new home positions the QSO at the very heart of Brisbanes cultural precinct, next door to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and across the road from the QPAC Concert Hall.

The project involved construction of a state-of-the-art rehearsal space for the QSO and 1,000m2 of fitted out office and support space, including instrument storage and accommodation for visiting conductors and musicians.

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National Rugby League's ‘One Home—One Community’ Project, Sydney

Status Opened February 2012
Total project cost $20,000,000
Australian government contribution $11,440,000
Grant recipient Australian Rugby League

Project Description

The project involved the construction of a building that centralised the administration of all the NSW based Rugby League bodies. The project included the construction of a four level commercial office building, covered car spaces, a learning and display centre, office space and meeting areas.

The project brings the administrative, community and education areas of Rugby League together in one place to coordinate and efficiently administer the game and deliver community programs.

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Redevelopment of the Wayside Chapel, Sydney

Status Opened May 2012
Total project cost $7,000,000
Australian government contribution $3,300,000
Grant recipient Uniting Church of Australia

Project Description

The project at the Wayside Chapel complex in Potts Point involved the demolition of part of the building which was damaged by fire, construction of a new wing of the building and refurbishment of one of the existing buildings. The completed four storey multi-purpose facility delivers a range of health and welfare services and provides community facilities with flexible meeting spaces and a new theatre.

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Sapper Moerland Memorial Skate Park, Gayndah

Status Opened September 2011
Total project cost $403,000
Australian Government contribution $389,000
Grant recipient North Burnett Regional Council

Project Description

The project upgraded the existing Gayndah Skate Park and renamed the facility the ‘Sapper Jacob Moerland Memorial Skate Park’ in recognition of Sapper Moerland's sacrifice for his country. Sapper Moerland was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. The project is located in the Lions Park in Gayndah. It will provide a long term memorial and contribute to the future wellbeing of the youth and community of Gayndah.

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Gladstone Airport Terminal Upgrade

Status Opened April 2011
Total project cost $7,000,000
Australian government contribution $5,500,000
Grant recipient Gladstone Regional Council

Project Description

This project expanded and reconfigured the existing arrival and departure halls; improved connectivity between the extended terminal building and runway parking apron; and the inclusion of passenger facilities in the expanded departure hall. It is part of a broader redevelopment of the Gladstone Airport including runway strengthening and lengthening.

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Lighting Up Mackay Stadium

Status Opened August 2011
Total project cost $2,750,000
Australian government contribution $2,750,000
Grant recipient Stadium Mackay Pty Ltd

Project Description

An additional $2.75 million was provided to complete the remaining aspects of the original $8.8 million Better Regions stadium project. The works included extra seating and improved spectator areas, demountable food and drink outlets, lighting to the main field, junior fields and car park areas, upgrades to the electronic scoreboard, corporate function facilities and a commercial kitchen.

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Kangaroo Island Community Camping and Day Visitor Sites Upgrade

Status Opened August 2011
Total project cost $2,834,000
Australian government contribution $2,633,566
Grant recipient Kangaroo Island Council

Project Description

The project involved upgrading camping and day visit sites across 12 tourist locations in Kangaroo Island, identified as part of Council's Camping and Day Visitor Strategy. Total infrastructure includes: 6 wind powered dry toilets; 8 gas powered barbecues; 1.6km of fencing; 27 public waste and recycling stations; 173 car parking spaces; 8 bus parks; 5,000m of walking trail; 13.5 hectares of re-vegetation; 4 foot bridges; 53 campsites and 11 new picnic sites.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Redevelopment, Sydney

Status Completed
Total project cost $58,300,000
Australian government contribution $14,300,000
Grant recipient Museum of Contemporary Art Ltd

Project Description

The project comprised the renovation of the MCA's existing premises and construction and fit out of an extension to accommodate new galleries for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection, a digital classroom, multimedia room, space for an arts education program for children with special needs, practical workshops, lecture theatre, library, Australian artists resource centre, seminar room, rooftop cafe, sculpture terrace, and function venues. The IEP component and funding of the project have now been completed.

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Domain Tennis Centre Upgrade, Hobart

Status Opened January 2011
Total project cost $4,949,000
Australian government contribution $1,191,500
Grant recipient Hobart City Council

Project Description

The project comprised Stage 3 of the Domain Tennis Centre upgrade, and involved fit out of the northern corporate stand, media room, multi-purpose room under the eastern stand and a storage area under the western stand; enclosing the entrance to provide security to the stadium; erection of shade structures; completion of the electrical and plumbing requirements for the stand; painting the stadium and internal alterations to public amenities.

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