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More than $537,700 for mobility centre network in Melbourne.



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MORE THAN $537,700 FOR MOBILITY CENTRE NETWORK IN MELBOURNE

Senator for Victoria, Senator Judith Troeth, today announced Regional Partnerships program funding of $537,724 to help establish the Mobility Centre Network, which will provide mobility equipment and personal support to people with disabilities visiting Melbourne.

Senator Troeth said the Australian Government funds would help the Travellers Aid Society of Victoria purchase mobility equipment and install shower and toilet facilities for the initiatives centres.

“By helping increase the mobility of disabled people, this Regional Partnership project will help improve access to the services and sites of Melbourne,” Senator Troeth said.

“This particular type of disability assistance network is quite unique and not available anywhere else in Australia,” Senator Troeth said.

Senator Troeth congratulated the Travellers Aid Society of Victoria along with the local community for working together to secure Regional Partnerships program funding.

Í would particularly like to thank the Melbourne Development Board Area Consultative Committee for helping bring this project to fruition,” Senator Troeth said.

The Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $360.9 million is available under the Regional Partnerships program from 2005-06 to 2008-09.

Senator Troeth said the Regional Partnerships program would deliver benefits to communities well into the future, not only from program funding, but from the higher levels of economic activity and improved social amenity which the program was generating.

“Since its inception in July 2003, the Regional Partnerships program has, on average, attracted a further three dollars from other sources for every dollar invested by the Australian Government,” Senator Troeth said.

Communities wishing to find more information about the Regional Partnerships program should visit www.regionalpartnerships.gov.au or www.acc.gov.au

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31 May 2006