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Truss invites industry comment on Sugar Industry Regional and Community Projects applications.

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DAFF04/361WT - 15 December 2004

Truss invites industry comment on Sugar Industry Regional and Community Projects applications

Australian Agriculture Minister Warren Truss today released descriptions of 70 funding proposals his department has received under the first round of Regional and Community Projects (RCP) for the sugar industry.

“The $75 million, three-year RCP initiative is an important part of the Australian Government’s $444 million Sugar Industry Reform Program (SIRP) 2004,” Mr Truss said.

“Administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, its goal is to encourage medium to long-term restructuring in the sugar industry.

“We now want industry to know about these proposals, so it can actively participate in the reform process.

“The project descriptions will be available for comment until 23 December 2004.”

Mr Truss said the RCP program is about finding local solutions to local challenges, fostering new ideas and self-reliance, and using the reform process to build a stronger and more secure sugar industry.

“Industry can make a valuable contribution to that process and help enhance the quality of life in sugar regions and local communities by considering the merits of the applications,” he said.

“Funding is available for regionally based, targeted projects that seek to boost industry sustainability and encourage reform for the future.”

Information on the 70 RCP projects is on-line at —

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead - 02 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433

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