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$275,000 for Warracknabeal Children's Centre.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Tuesday, 3 May 2005

$275,000 FOR WARRACKNABEAL CHILDREN’S CENTRE

Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest said today that he was thrilled with the decision by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Cobb to fund the Warracknabeal Children’s Centre through the Regional Partnerships Programme.

“This is a huge boost for young families around the Warracknabeal district,” said Mr Forrest “and I congratulate the community for the hard work they have put into this project.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the Greater Green Triangle Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition.”

The Yarriambiack Shire Council will utilise the funds to engage building contractors and purchase building materials for the Centre.

“The construction of a Multi-Purpose Children’s Centre in Warracknabeal will consolidate existing early childhood services including kindergarten, maternal and child health, immunization and early intervention services and enable the introduction of long day care and before and after school care,” Mr Forrest said.

“As well as ensuring more flexibility for working parents this will also further ease the difficulties faced by local businesses in staff recruitment and retention.”

Mr Forrest said that the Regional Partnerships Programme is a particularly good one for his electorate. “The programme enables communities to find local solutions to their issues by working together with local and Federal Governments.”

Communities interested in seeking Regional Partnerships funding should contact their local Area Consultative Committee. For more information on the programme go to www.regionalpartnersips.gov.au or www.acc.gov.au .

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-