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Ramsey calls for certainty on regional partnerships.



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RAMSEY CALLS FOR CERTAINTY ON REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey today called for the Federal Government to give a firm commitment to community organisations to clarify uncertainty surrounding Regional Partnerships Programs.

“There is a considerable amount of concern and unease around the various bodies that have put an enormous amount of energy and human resource into getting these projects to the stage where they have been approved by the respective Area

Consultative Committees, some even have written approval by the Government only now to have everything put on hold with no information forthcoming,” he said.

“These projects are just not one-way deals, as the name suggests, they are a partnership. “Various councils and supporting bodies have significant amounts of money set aside as their contribution and in some cases works programs planned around the projects.

“We are now four months into the life of this Parliament. “In opposition the Labor Party claimed it had all the answers. “It is now well and truly time they shared some of the answers with our regional communities and let them know whether they can get on with job.”

Regional Partnerships has been a fantastic program, which has brought some of the returns of a booming economy back into the regions where it was generated in the first place.

Past partnership successes in Grey include: • Whyalla Water Recycling Project (Greening the golf course) • Peterborough Steamtown • Coober Pedy Golf Course • Port Pirie Boystown • Pt Broughton Library • RFDS Pt Augusta • Outback Areas Community Hall upgrades

Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith (08) 8633 1744 April 4 2008