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M118/2001 3 May 2001

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

SENATOR IAN MACDONALD SENATOR GRANT TAMBLING

MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

SENATOR FOR THE  NORTHERN TERRITORY

FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW C.I. FACILITIES WILL INCREASE VISITORS AND EMPLOYMENT

The development of recreation facilities on two new coastal parks will bring employment, increased economic activity and tourist attractions to the Christmas Island community.

Federal Government funding of $159,000 under the Regional Assistance Program (RAP) will see new facilities for the Lily Beach Recreation area and Foo Say Wah-Garry tidal rock pool being constructed, Federal Territories Minister, Senator Ian Macdonald and Northern Territory Senator Grant Tambling announced today.

“These two projects will not only provide immediate construction employment but offer the prospects of more jobs in the future sparked by the opportunity for increased visitor numbers and extra economic activity,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Not only do these projects meet several of the objectives identified in the Northern Australia Forum but they improve community access to two of the islands recreational areas as well as providing a second point for ocean access by rescue, commercial or recreational watercraft.”

Senator Tambling said the new RAP funding is tremendous news for the Christmas Island community. 

“The development of a coastal park attraction at Lily Beach will improve access to the Island’s eastern beaches and a new tidal rock pool will address a local safety issue by creating a safe natural swimming area for families and children,” Senator Tambling said.

“At the Lily Beach area, there will be short-term employment during the construction phase of the project and later on for tour operators and maintenance staff. The development of cabin-style accommodation and walking trails at the Foo Say Wah-Garry site will encourage tourism employment opportunities.”

The projects comprise:

Lily Beach Recreation Area ($54,000): the construction of a car park, gazebos, barbecue area ●

and walking trails, including stairs from Lily Beach to the cliff top walking trails. Eco-friendly toilets and water tanks will also be built.

Foo Say Wah-Garry tidal rock pool ($105,000): the development of a coastal park between Waterfall Bay and Allan Point comprising a new boat ramp, tidal rock pool, interpretive walking trails and easily accessible boardwalks and picnic areas. Cabin-style accommodation will also be constructed.

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The NT Area Consultative Committee, one of 56 committees across Australia working in partnership with government, business and the community, has endorsed these projects as a significant employment generating opportunity for the local area.

The Regional Assistance Program is administered by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, and provides seed funding for a wide range of projects including those with a focus on regional skills development, fostering regional small business or employment generation for specific regional groups such as young or indigenous people.

“These projects demonstrate how a partnership between government and the community can enhance local employment opportunities in our region,” Senator Tambling said.

“By accessing local skills and experience we can achieve sustainable employment growth that will benefit the whole community.”

Senator Macdonald said this and a range of other initiatives announced during his latest visit to the Indian Ocean Territories demonstrated that the Howard Government was listening to the local community and responding in tangible ways to help improve local services and job opportunities.

Media contacts: David Moore (Senator Macdonald’s Office) (07) 4771 3066 / 0417 774 724 Melissa Baldwin (Senator Tambling’s Office) (08) 8981 3567 / 0412 316 362

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