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More than $50,000 federal funding for services in Perisher.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 571 Published: 1/2/2002 Title: More than $50,000 Federal Funding for Services in Perisher

Perisher will soon have greater access to essential services, with the help of more than $50,000 in Federal Government funding.

The Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Wilson Tuckey, today announced the latest round of grants under the Rural Transaction Centre (RTC) Programme totalling more than $429,000.

Member for Eden Monaro, Gary Nairn, said that through working with the RTC Programme the Perisher community had taken the first steps to bringing additional Federal Government services to their town.

"The Perisher community and the Mt Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce should be applauded for looking at ways to attract these services to the community," Mr Nairn said.

Mr Tuckey said the Federal Government was committed to ensuring regional communities have access to basic transaction facilities.

"With the exception of the postal services, the new RTC will bring into Perisher services they have never had before, such as Medicare Easyclaim," Mr Tuckey said.

"This RTC will have internet services, computer access and room hire with office equipment.

"There are now more than 520 rural communities involved with the RTC Programme. This latest round of funding is providing benefits to even more communities across Australia."

The RTC funding will help the Mt Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce provide access to Centrelink, council and tourist information, community internet access, photocopying and facsimile services, scanning, laminating and binding facilities and meeting rooms.

The RTC Secretariat can be contacted on toll free number 1800 038 160. Further information is

available from the RTC website