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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Warren Truss MP Minister for Transport and Regional Services

30 January 2006 009WT/2006 Joint

Joint Media Statement

The Hon Warren Truss MP Minister for Transport and Regional Services

Sussan Ley Member for Farrer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for

Agriculture,

Fisheries and Forestry

MEDICAL CENTRE OPENS IN TUMBARUMBA

Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, and Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, have today opened the Roth's Corner Medical Centre, in Tumbarumba - made possible with a $275,000 grant from the Regional Partnerships program.

Mr Truss said the Australian Government funds have helped meet the cost of contractors to build the medical centre, which consists of five consulting rooms, two dental surgeries, treatment and ancillary rooms for staff and visiting health professionals, and an ambulance docking area.

"Improvements in the delivery of health services in Tumbarumba will attract people to the region to fill the new jobs and will also make a significant improvement in the quality of life of existing residents," he said.

Ms Ley congratulated the local community for working together to access Regional Partnerships funding.

"I would particularly like to thank the Albury Wodonga Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition, as well as the significant

contribution by the Tumbarumba Shire Council and the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.

"The Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government's approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $360.9 million is available under the Regional Partnerships program from 2005-06 to 2008-09," she said.

Mr Truss said the Regional Partnerships program will deliver benefits to communities well into the future, not only from program funding, but from the higher levels of economic activity and improved social amenity which the program is generating.

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

Communities should contact their local Area Consultative Committee* if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships program.

*For further information go to www.regionalpartnerships.gov.au or www.acc.gov.au

Media Contacts

Kylie Butler ( Mr Truss's office ) 02 6277 7680 / 0417 652 488

Dane Fuller ( Mrs Leys office ) 02 6021 3264 / 0427 885 541

URL: http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/wtr/releases/2006/January/009WT_2006.htm