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Kelly saves two more Regional Partnership projects.



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Media Release

Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

May 30, 2008 EMnr058

Kelly saves two more Regional Partnership projects The Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly has saved two more projects that were promised under the discredited Regional Partnerships Program.

These are for supply of a new $13,257 sound system for the Palerang Council’s National Theatre in Braidwood and $48,600 towards a $100,000 upgrade of Cooma-Monaro Council’s co-located Youth Centre.

Palerang Council’s application for the sound system was lodged on July 31, 2008 but no contracts were signed prior to the election despite funding approval on September 18.

Cooma-Monaro’s application was lodged on June 25 last year with funding approved on October 9, but again no contracts were signed before the election.

The project aimed to upgrade the backyard of the Cooma Youth Centre, install a sealed basketball court, a barbeque area, a storage shed, an access doorway and a covered area with seating. It also was to provide insulation and heating and replace old wooden fire stairs with new steel ones.

The Council has provided $25,000, the NSW Government $15,000, and the Cooma YMCA $5,000. A church organisation had committed $5,000 in funding towards the project.

Dr Kelly said he successfully argued that as applications for the two projects had been lodged and approved prior to the elections, and that the Centre is so critical to the support of our youth in Cooma, they should be reconsidered.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese agreed to reconsider them along with others around Australia that fell into the same project approved, contract not signed, category. Each was assessed under the same strict regime that applied to Labor’s pre-election promises.

Mr Albanese said his Department would be contacting the councils shortly about their applications to see whether they can meet the funding contract requirements within the required timelines.

Dr Kelly said he was pleased the projects were saved as a result of his hard lobbying as he believed they were very worthwhile.

Media contact: Terry Bransdon 0488 499 166