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MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND ENERGY, THE HON JOHN KERIN MP AND MINISTER FOR LOCAL·/ GOVERNMENT AND MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN. THE HON WENDY FATTN MP

A new Rural Access Program (RAP) which will include increased funding for rural women's projects was announced today by the Hon John Kerin, Minister for Primary Industries and Energy and the Hon Wendy Fatin, Minister for Local Government and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women.

The program, which has been allocated $1.5 million for each of the next three years, is part of the Federal Government's plan to help rural communities and groups affected by the current downturn in farm incomes.

"At least $500,000 each year will be reserved for rural women's projects,” Ms Fatin said.

'•This is an increase of $300,000 on the existing Rural Women's Access Grants Program (RWAG)."

Ms Fatin said that the extra money available to rural women under the new program would enable women's groups to provide immediate support as well as long term assistance to rural communities.

"Rural women have always played an active role in helping their families and local communities adapt to new

circumstances,” Ms Fatin said.

"The RAP will provide small grants to non-profit groups in rural and remote areas to assist them with activities like improving access to health and community services, education and training," Mr Kerin said.

The RAP replaces the Rural Women's Access Grants Program (RWAG), the Rural Education Access Program (REAP) and the Innovative Rural Education and Training Program (IRETP) which were recently reviewed to ensure that the new scheme places

assistance where it is most needed.

5 May 1991

NEW SCHEME HELPS RURAL FAMILIES

Contact: Ms Liz Jakubowski (06) 2777 240