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$74,000 funding boost for the Tablelands.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator The Hon Ron Boswell Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

16 December 2002 B130/2002

$74,000 FUNDING BOOST FOR THE TABLELANDS

The Atherton Tablelands will receive more than $74,000 in Federal Government funding for two diverse local projects, bringing to more than $1.2 million in funding provided to the region through the Sustainable Regions Programme.

Federal Transport Parliamentary Secretary, National Party Senator Ron Boswell, today announced the projects, which are the 5th and 6th projects to be funded in the Atherton Tablelands under the $100.5 million federal government initiative.

A Chinese Temple and a local fashion project will share the funding.

Senator Boswell said the National Trust of Queensland has been offered $50,000 to meet operational costs associated with running the Hou Wang Chinese Temple in Mareeba.

He said the Temple, which displays the historical significance the Chinese played in the development of the Tablelands during the 1800s, will become a major cultural icon in the region.

The Eacham Shire Council will donate rent-free premises adjacent to the Temple to establish a museum and interpretive centre.

"I am pleased that federal funds will be used to help ensure the unique history of the Tablelands is remembered. I am confident the Hou Wang Chinese Temple will become a major tourism destination in the region, Senator Boswell said.

The emerging Fashion label, Sonlia, will receive funding of $24,173. Based in Mareeba, the Alba sisters have won various fashion awards in Far North Queensland and will now be able to establish a full time operation in fashion design and manufacturing.

"This grant to Sonlia is an investment in the talent of the youth in the region. The fashion industry is not usually one associated with the Tablelands but this grant will help Sonlia change this and enable them to make their mark in the fashion world", Senator Boswell said.

He said the two projects announced today, along with the previous four projects funded through the Sustainable Regions programme, will ensure the vitality and sustainability of the region.

ATSRAC Chair, Peter McDade, said the Atherton Tablelands Sustainable Regions Advisory Committee (ATSRAC) uses a strategic approach to allocate funding to projects that will help

create a prosperous and dynamic Tablelands.

Media Contacts

Yvonne Tunney ( ATSRAC Executive Officer ) 07 4091 7205

Leah Nicoll ( Senator Boswell’s office ) 02 6277 3244