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B2004/92 - $255,000 for Cap Coast Marine Museum

Australian Government Regional Partnerships funding of $255,000 has been granted to assist the Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation to incorporate a new tourist attraction at the Yeppoon Visitor Information Centre.

Leader of The Nationals in the Senate, Ron Boswell, today announced that the Regional Partnerships funding would be used toward the cost of extending the Visitor Information Centre to incorporate the museum, an interpretive and souvenir display, café and exhibition rooms.

“The current Visitor Centre was built in 1989 and although it is well maintained, continually expanding tourism numbers has meant the service has outgrown its infrastructure,” Senator Boswell said.

“This project aims to meet the need for a quality facility to increase attract more tourists to the Capricorn Coast and to increase small business prospects, boosting the local economy,” Senator Boswell said.

Senator Boswell congratulated the local community the Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation, and the Central Queensland Area Consultative Committee for working together to access the Regional Partnerships funding.

“Regional Partnerships continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. There is $408.5 million available under Regional Partnerships for 2003-04 to 2007-08.”

“Regional Partnerships integrates the Australian Government’s key regional programmes, except Sustainable Regions, into the one programme with one set of guidelines and one application form to help communities develop their own futures.”

“Community groups and Councils wishing to access funding through Regional Partnerships, like the Capricorn Coast Tourist Organisation has for this worthy project, should contact their local Area Consultative Committee in the first instance,” Senator Boswell said.

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