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More than $1.7 million Australian Government funding for services in regional communities.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon De-Anne Kelly MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

05 April 2004 DK08/2004

MORE THAN $1.7 MILLION AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR SERVICES IN REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Small regional communities will soon have improved access to banking and other essential services, with the help of more than $1.7 million in Australian 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 as part of the latest round of grants under the Rural Transaction Centres (RTC) Programme, totalling more than $1.7 million.

"I congratulate the communities, councils and business enterprises involved for the great deal of planning and development work they have done to date," Mrs Kelly said.

"The Australian 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.

"This latest round of funding will extend the benefits of the RTC Programme to even more communities across Australia.

"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 last 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.

Media Contacts

Matthew Magin ( Mrs Kelly's Office ) 0408 478 654

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