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Regional partnerships funding for New England.



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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW www.sandymacdonald.com.au 10 March 2004

Regional Partnerships funding for New England

Funding assistance of $16,845 has been granted to assist the Tenterfield Shire Council in its upgrade of the Legume Hall, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“This funding has been approved under the Regional Partnerships program and will go towards contracting a specialist to restump the 80 year old community hall at Legume,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Completion of this project will ensure the preservation of the existing hall which is a significant community asset.”

“Legume Hall is an important hub for this small community and the restumping of the hall will allow it to continue to be used by the community for all social gatherings, meetings and events.”

“I welcome local community organisations working on initiatives such as these to boost regional development.”

Senator Macdonald said the Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas.

“The Government is spending an additional $61.8 million on Regional Partnerships over the next three years.” he said.

Regional Partnerships integrates the Australian Government’s key regional programs, except Sustainable Regions, into one program with one set of guidelines and one application form.

Communities should contact the New England North West Area Consultative Committee on (02) 6766 4866 or nenwacc@bigpond.com if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships program.

Further information is available at www.regionalpartnerships.gov.au or www.acc.gov.au .

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 6277 3705 / 0427 570 506

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