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Improved Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre officially opened.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

31 August 2006

EMBARGOED UNTIL FRIDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2006

IMPROVED BRAMBUK NATIONAL PARK AND CULTURAL CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPENED

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today officially opened a new and exciting development at Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre, at Halls Gap.

Mr Hawker said Australian Government Regional Partnerships program funding of more than $1.4 Million helped Gariwerd Enterprises construct a precict entry building, including bush food café, undercover cultural and environmental interpretive displays, and links to regional hiking and bike paths.

“This is a magnificent project that will help the local Indigenous communities to become more economically independent. It will encourage greater education and understanding of Indigenous people, their cultural heritage, and the environment,” Mr Hawker said.

“This Regional Partnerships project has also provided more employment opportunities in the region. In addition to the eight to ten jobs created here at the Centre, as many as 220 additional jobs will be created through the increased tourist numbers expected in the area,” he said.

Mr Hawker congratulated the local community for working together to access Regional Partnerships program funding.

“I would particularly like to thank the Greater Green Triangle Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition,” he said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the Australian Tourism Development Programme, the Victorian Government, and Parks Victoria.”

The Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $270.5 million is available under the Regional Partnerships program from 2006-07 to 2009-10.

Mr Hawker said the Regional Partnerships program would 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 was 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

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100