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Australian Government funds boost for regional council online services.

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Australian Government funds boost for regional council online services

The capacity of hundreds of regional Australian councils to deliver online services will be enhanced by more than $360,000 in new funding from the Australian Government's Networking the Nation (NTN) program, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said today.

Councils will use this funding to improve the ability of various electronic systems used for recording financial, geographic, technical, management, planning and reporting information to communicate with other spheres of government and the broader community.

The new funding means that more than $2.8 million has been given to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to develop and disseminate improved communication standards and systems amongst its members under the Local Government Standard Operability in Transactions project.

This important project will be crucial in unleashing the full potential of initiatives being managed by State Local Government Associations in directly improving delivery of online services by local Councils across Australia. The ALGA will continue to work with its State counterparts in advancing and supporting these initiatives at the State, regional and local levels.

NTN is an Australian Government program designed to assist the economic and social development of rural Australia.

Over $350 million has been allocated under the program to support projects that:

● Enhance telecommunications infrastructure and services;

● Increase access to, and promote use of, services available through

telecommunications networks, and

● Reduce disparities in access to such services and facilities.

NTN has so far funded nearly 800 projects around the country to help meet the telecommunications needs of regional, rural and remote Australia.

Media contact: Simon Troeth 02 6277 7480 or 0439 425 373


151/03 18 August 2003