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More than $100,000 federal funding for services in Eugowra.



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Media Release De-Anne Kelly Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of The Nationals,

Minister for Transport and Regional Services

DK02/2003 13 November 2003

MORE THAN $100,000 FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SERVICES IN EUGOWRA

Eugowra will soon have improved access to banking and other essential services, with the help of more than $100,000 in Federal Government funding.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and the Minister for Trade, Mrs De-Anne Kelly, announced the extra funding today under the Rural Transaction Centres (RTC) Programme.

“I congratulate the community, council and business enterprises involved for the great deal of planning and development work they have done to date,” Mrs Kelly said.

“The Federal Government is committed to restoring services to small communities, and the continued successes of rural towns associated with the RTC Programme are a demonstration of that.

“Not only is the Programme restoring services, but a number of small communities now have access to services they never had, like banking and Medicare easyclaim.”

RTC funding helps communities provide access to services such as banking, Medicare easyclaim facilities, Centrelink, visiting professionals, serviced office space, business support services, phone, fax, computer, and Internet access.

“In the recent Federal Budget, the Government announced the decision to integrate key DOTARS regional programmes, including the RTC Programme, into a new Regional Partnerships programme. No existing grants or applications for our regional programmes, including RTCs, will be affected,” Mrs Kelly said.

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Media enquiries:

Mrs Kelly’s office: Fiona Nash Ph: 02 6277 4702 / 0428 864 845

*Information on the Regional Partnerships Programme can be obtained by phoning the Commonwealth Regional Information Service on freecall 1800 026 222.

Further information is available from the RTC website www.dotars.gov.au/rtc and the e-mail enquiry service: rtc@dotars.gov.au