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Tuckey visits to Laura and Jamestown for infrastructure openings.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Wilson Tuckey MP Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

06 December 2002 WT89/2002


The Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Wilson Tuckey MP launched today the "Laura Parklands Precinct" and the Jamestown Hydotherapy Pool accompanied by the local member for Grey, Barry Wakelin.

The federal government's Dairy Regional Assistance Programme made a contribution of $45,000 to the funding of this project in partnership with the Laura Community Development & Tourist Association, National Foods/Golden North, Rocky River Lions Club and Northern Areas Council.

The project is a great example of what can be achieved through the Dairy Regional Assistance programme and cooperation between various levels of government and the private sector.

It is also important to acknowledge the role of Mr Rod Taylor and his committee from the Laura Community Development and Tourist Association whose vision and hard work saw the potential for establishing the park precinct and have taken the project through to completion.

The Dairy Regional Assistance Programme exists to assist those communities and regions impacted upon by the deregulation of the dairy industry. it especially aims to promote economic diversification and creation of new employment opportunities in alternative sustainable industries.

The Laura Park Lands Precinct will be an attractive feature in the centre of Laura which will both encourage more visitors to the town, strengthening the future of regional businesses and regional employment and will be a great facility for local residents.

In making decisions on the funding of projects such as this, the government, through the department of transport and regional services, relies on the advice of area consultative committees. These committees are in a position to initiate projects and ideas relevant to local areas, and assist the government to communicate directly with the community.

The 56 Area Consultative Committees throughout Australia are an important source of advice to government and the government values their ideas, commitment and ability in developing local solutions.

The government would like to thank the Barossa, Riverland and Mid North ACC's for its

efforts in supporting this project and for its role in establishing another major Dairy RAP project in the region.

I want to take this opportunity to commend the hard work and commitment of all concerned in the development of this project.

The Northern Areas Council (Hydrotherapy Pool Steering Committee - A Committee Of Council) was awarded $135 000 (GST Incl) for installing a hydrotherapy pool which will help in the treatment of chronic and acute health problems in the local community as well as complement Jamestown's existing hospital, medial centre, physiotherapy and dental services.

The role of council who provided important support in obtaining funding and assisted with project administration.

Hydrotherapy is a system using water for buoyancy to assist in the treatment of acute and chronic health problems including arthritis, fractures and dislocations, muscle and tendon injuries and rehabilitation following many surgical procedures and sports injuries.

The people of Jamestown embraced the concept of installing their own hydrotherapy pool. an organising committee has run raffles, sold cakes, put on quiz nights, run musical evenings, appealed to sporting clubs and sought donations from service clubs and individuals. Altogether they have raised $120,000 from the community.

The site selected for the Jamestown hydrotherapy pool is adjacent the Jamestown medical centre and in the same block as the Jamestown ambulance service.

The provision of a hydrotherapy pool facility will not only assist the people of Jamestown but will service the communities of Peterborough, Gladstone, Laura, Wirrabara, Spalding, Georgetown, Yacka, Orroroo, Hallett, Yongala, Crystal Brook, Terowie and Booleroo Centre.

This is a catchment area covering upward of 10,000 people.

Media Contacts

Graeme Hallett ( Minister Tuckey's office ) 0419 688 440