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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Warren Truss MP Minister for Transport and Regional Services

12 August 2005 013WT/2005

LABOR PLAYS GRUBBY POLITICS OVER JIMBOUR HOUSE

Claims made by the Labor Party that a senior member of the Queensland Nationals organisation received money under a Regional Partnerships program grant were completely wrong, the Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, said today.

"This is yet another case of Labor spokesman Kelvin Thomson deliberately bending the truth to make a grubby political attack," Mr Truss said.

"Mr Thomson has claimed that David Russell, a former president of the Queensland Nationals, received $157,000 for a project to build a music amphitheatre on Jimbour Station, an historic property near Dalby.

"While Mr Russell's family has owned Jimbour Station for many years, it received no Australian Government funding for the project. In fact, the family put more than $80,000 of its own money toward the project, provided the land, and continues to help maintain the area."

Mr Truss said the project was put together by the Wambo Shire Council, who received the funds, built the amphitheatre, and who now manage it. The Russell family received no income from events held there.

"The family was even prepared to undertake an agreement to hand over control of the land to the council.

"Both the Wambo Shire and Dalby Councils contributed about $37,500 to the project.

"Jimbour Station is one of the icon historic homesteads of Queensland, a heritage-listed property, and the major tourist attraction in the Jimbour area.

"Kelvin Thomson knows all this because it has been reported in the media. But this does not stop him twisting the truth to try undermine the Regional Partnerships program," he said.

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Kylie Butler ( Mr Truss's Office ) 02 6277 7680 / 0417 652 488

URL: http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/wtr/releases/2005/August/013WT_2005.htm