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$36,036 for Quambatook Community Caravan Park.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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

Monday, 10 January 2005

$36,036 FOR QUAMBATOOK COMMUNITY CARAVAN PARK

A delighted John Forrest, the Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today announced that the Gannawarra Shire Council will receive $36,036 for the Quambatook Caravan Park project.

“I’m really pleased with this announcement,” said Mr Forrest “the local community, together with the Shire Council and the Central Murray Area Consultative Committee have worked really hard to get this project up and running.”

“The funds will go towards the purchase of two bunkhouses, their relocation to the Council owned Caravan Park and refurbishment into 8 units accommodating up to 48 people.”

“The project will fill a gap by providing much needed accommodation for significant local events such as the Easter tractor pull, Labour day tennis tournament, visiting tourists, sporting and school groups, as well as for more than 200 seasonal workers who will come into the region during harvest time.”

“This has made my year!” an ecstatic Norma Bennett, Secretary of the Caravan Park Committee said upon receiving the news. “It means we can start the year on a positive note for Quambatook.”

Cr Graeme Mann, President of the Caravan Park Committee said that he hoped they could get the bunk houses relocated in time for the Quambatook Tractor Pull at Easter. “It will depend upon the availability of removalists,” said Cr Mann.

“We have also recently been involved in a major ‘Pride of Place’ study which highlighted Quambatook’s need for future accommodation, so this news could not come at a better time for us. There are a number of exciting new developments in the district impacting on the need for accommodation including the Cherry orchard development in Kerang, the Olive development in Boort and Brown Bros Vineyards at Lake Charm.”

Mr Forrest congratulated the local community on its efforts to bring the funding to Quambatook. “This success highlights yet again what this community can accomplish when it works together towards a common goal as with the successful implementation of the Rural Transaction Centre, all of which has no doubt been the result of hard work from many people within the community,” said Mr Forrest.

“Regional Partnerships continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities supporting their ideas and as such I encourage any communities to contact their local Area Consultative Committee if they wish to seek funding through Regional Partnerships.”

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