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Cheque delivered for Cap Coast Marine Museum.



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B2004/122 - Cheque delivered for Cap Coast Marine Museum

The Nationals’ Senate Leader, Ron Boswell, visited Yeppoon today to campaign with local Nationals Candidate, John Lever, and present a Federal Government cheque for $255,000 to the Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation to build a new tourist attraction at the Yeppoon Visitor Information Centre. Senator Boswell said that the Regional Partnerships funding would be used toward the cost of extending the Visitor Information Centre to incorporate the museum, an interpretive and souvenir display, café and exhibition rooms.

“The project has received support from the Coalition Government, but it has also attracted tremendous community support, with a $200,000 injection of funding from the Keppel Shell Club,” Senator Boswell said.

“It is the perfect example of a regional partnership between the government and the local community,” he said.

“The current Visitors Centre at Yeppoon is well maintained, but continually expanding tourism numbers has meant that it has outgrown its current building, and the addition of new facilities is likely to bring in more tourists” Senator Boswell said.

“The Marine Museum project aims to meet the need for a quality facility to attract more tourists to the Capricorn Coast and to increase small business prospects, again boosting the local economy,” Senator Boswell said.

“Regional Partnerships continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. There is $408.5 million available under Regional Partnerships for 2003-04 to 2007-08.”

“Regional Partnerships integrates the Australian Government’s key regional programmes, except Sustainable Regions, into the one programme with one set of guidelines and one application form to help communities develop their own futures.”

“Community groups and Councils wishing to access funding through Regional Partnerships, like the Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation has for this worthy project, should contact their local Area Consultative Committee in the first instance,” Senator Boswell said.

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