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Kelly encourages local business and community members to be part of the nation's infrastructure debate.



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Media Release

Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Tuesday 2 September 2008

Kelly encourages local business and community members to be part of the nation’s infrastructure debate

Dr Mike Kelly Federal Member for Eden-Monaro today urged all local people to have their say and be part of the Rudd Labor Government’s nation-building agenda.

From today until 15 October, any member of the public and business community can submit their project ideas to Infrastructure Australia for evaluation and possible inclusion on the National Infrastructure Priority List - the first of which will be handed to the Council of Australian Governments in March 2009.

Dr Mike Kelly, Member for Eden-Monaro said: “We are currently dealing with a number of infrastructure challenges in Eden-Monaro and across the country because of a lack of investment from the Howard Government.

“I am working hard with state and local governments to provide increased funding to fix our local roads through Roads to Recovery program and to provide better services through record funding to local councils.

“I want both industry and the community members to be our partners in the long term effort to fix and modernise important local infrastructure: our roads; railways; ports; water and energy utilities; and telecommunications.

“I urge the community to take this opportunity to have their say. After all, the quality of the nation’s infrastructure affects the bottom line of all businesses and the quality of life of all citizens.

“As I have travelled around the electorate over the past year and a half I have had a number of discussions with local people who have great ideas on how to improve our critical infrastructure.

“Continuing investment by both the public and private sectors must be based on a sound understanding of strategic national priorities including economic, social, and environmental considerations.

“What I am urging is that those people who have come to with good ideas for our communities future is for them to make a submission to Infrastructure Australia”, said Dr Kelly.

Infrastructure Australia's immediate tasks are to conduct an audit of the nation’s transport, energy, communications and water infrastructure; produce an Infrastructure Priority List to guide future public and private investment decisions; and develop nationally consistent guidelines for Public Private Partnerships.

The discussion paper calls for evidence-based submissions to inform each of these tasks. Submissions should be no more than 15 pages and sent to mail@infrastructureaustralia.gov.au with “Submission” in the subject field.

A copy of the discussion paper, as well as information about how to prepare and lodge a submission, will be available at: www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au.

Media contact: Evan Langdon 0447 694 201 or evan.langdon@aph.gov.au