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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Gary Gray AO MP Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia

21 November 2008 GG019/2008

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA RECEIVES $20 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS

Parliamentary Secretary Gary Gray has welcomed more than $20 million allocated to local councils across Northern Australia as part of a $300 million program aimed at building local community infrastructure.

Mr Gray said Local Governments above the Tropic of Capricorn would receive $20 million with Northern Territory receiving close to $3 million, Queensland more than $13 million and Western Australia almost $5 million.

"We want to support projects that stimulate local economies in the short-term; support jobs in local communities; and providing practical community infrastructure for the long-term," Mr Gray said.

"This is some welcome relief for our regional communities who are feeling the pinch of the global financial crisis."

The $300 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) was announced at the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government held in Canberra this week.

Mr Gray joined mayors, shires presidents and local government representatives from Australia's 565 local council areas at the meeting.

He also met with representatives from local governments in northern Australia to hear their views on the priorities of this important region.

"The historic meeting was the first time Australia's Mayors and Shire Presidents have ever been invited to Canberra to meet with the Government and it was a resounding success," Mr Gray said.

The $300 million will be delivered in two parts - a $250 million fund to be shared by councils and shires as well as a competitive $50 million fund for projects seeking $2 million or more.

Preference will be given to local projects that can start immediately to stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life in local communities.

"This is our opportunity to get moving on those important local projects - things like our community centres, swimming pools and sports grounds," Mr Gray said.

Local councils need to begin preparatory work quickly to secure funding as soon as possible.

Guidelines and the official timetable for the $300 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program are available at:

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www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/rlcip_guidelines.aspx

Details of council allocations attached.

Editor's Note: Photographs of Parliamentary Secretary Gary Gray meeting the Northern Australia mayors in Canberra on 18 November are available from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local

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Break down of fund allocation:

Northern Territory

Barkly Shire Council $341,000

Belyuen Shire Council $100,000

Central Desert Shire Council $100,000

Coomalie Shire Council $100,000

Darwin City Council $313,000

East Arnhem Shire Council $405,000

Katherine Town Council $193,000

Litchfield Shire Council $152,000

MacDonnell Shire Council $250,000

Palmerston Town Council $196,000

Roper Gulf Shire Council $300,000

Tiwi Island Shire Council $100,000

Victoria River-Daly Shire Council $271,000 Wagait Shire Council $100,000

West Arnhem Shire Council $240,000

Queensland

Paroo Shire Council $100,000

Quilpie Shire Council $100,000

Redland City Council $842,000

Rockhampton Regional Council $1,278,000 Roma Regional Council $1,441,000

Scenic Rim Regional Council $667,000

Scenic Rim Regional Council $667,000

Somerset Regional Council $369,000

Somerset Regional Council $369,000

South Burnett Regional Council $1,286,000 South Burnett Regional Council $1,286,000 South Burnett Regional Council $1,286,000 Southern Downs Regional Council $1,093,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council $1,345,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council $1,345,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council $1,345,000 Sunshine Coast Regional Council $1,345,000 Tablelands Regional Council $1,308,000 Toowoomba Regional Council $1,819,000 Toowoomba Regional Council $1,819,000 Torres Strait Island Regional Council $100,000 Townsville City Council $1,057,000

Townsville City Council $1,057,000

Whitsunday Regional Council $743,000 Western Australia Ashburton Shire Council $536,000

Broome Shire Council $458,000

Carnarvon Shire Council $493,000

Derby-West Kimberley Shire Council $768,000 East Pilbara Shire Council $539,000

Exmouth Shire Council $100,000

Halls Creek Shire Council $100,000

Meekatharra Shire Council $100,000

Ngaanyatjarraku Shire Council $100,000 Port Hedland Town Council $381,000

Roebourne Shire Council $448,000

Wiluna Shire Council $100,000

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Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire Council $532,000

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