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M170/2001 12 June 2001

COBARGO RTC

Recent misleading statements made by Mr John Wiltshire of Bendoc on ABC radio Bega, about a Rural Transaction Centre (RTC) for the town of Cobargo, need to be clarified.

It was suggested that the Federal Government had declined an application by the Cobargo On-line Group for an RTC in their town. That is not correct and was subsequently confirmed by a spokeswoman from Cobargo.

The Cobargo On-line Group is yet to submit an application for an RTC.

In April this year my Department received an expression of interest for an RTC from the Cobargo On-line Group. An RTC information kit has been sent to the Cobargo On-line Group and an officer of my department then telephoned to check if any other information or help was needed.

The Cobargo spokeswomen has since positively spoken about the opportunities the RTC programme may in fact provide for communities like hers, and it appears that community is on track to submit an application.

I would welcome any submission from Cobargo for an RTC and will make arrangements for an RTC field officer to visit and assist with an application if the community chooses to progress with an RTC.

As a result of this recent publicity about the opportunities RTCs provide, other small communities may wish to seek further information or look to other examples of successful RTCs.

The Welshpool RTC and recently opened Dunolly RTC in Victoria and Gulargambone RTC in NSW are good examples of how the Federal Government is assisting the delivery of services in country communities.

Further information can be sought from my Department on freecall 1800 038 160 or at http://www.dotrs.gov.au/rtc/

 

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