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More than $30,000 towards saving Ashford postal service.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Senator for NSW

MORE THAN $30,000 TOWARDS SAVING ASHFORD POSTAL SERVICE

NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald, today announced that the Australian Government has given approval for funding of up to $30,745 under the Regional Partnerships program to go towards the Saving The Postal Service For Ashford project.

Senator Macdonald said the Australian Government funds will assist Ashford Business Council Incorporated to renovate the existing Rural Transaction Centre (RTC) building in Ashford to incorporate the Licensed Post Office, as well as place signage and purchase a training package from Australia Post to train the two Post Office staff.

“The Post Office is currently operating under a temporary licence in the General Store building which is now for sale. This project will ensure postal services for the community on a long term and secure basis,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The Post Office in Ashford is the only business providing postal and banking services to residents. Its cessation would have a detrimental effect on businesses and in particularly elderly residents, who would have difficulty travelling out of town to another Post Office,” he said.

Senator Macdonald congratulated the local community for working together to access Regional Partnerships programme funding.

“I would particularly like to thank the New England North West Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition,” he said.

The Regional Partnerships programme continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $270.5 million is available under the Regional Partnerships programme from 2006-07 to 2009-10.

Senator Macdonald said the Regional Partnerships programme would deliver benefits to communities well into the future, not only from programme funding, but from the higher levels of economic activity and improved social amenity which the programme was generating.

Since its inception in July 2003, the Regional Partnerships programme has, on average, attracted a further three dollars from other sources for every dollar invested by the Australian Government.

Communities should contact the New England North West Area Consultative Committee on 1800 240 086 if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships programme.

Ends…Friday 23 February 2007