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Howard government injects $534,210 into Northern Tasmania regional centres.

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Howard Government Injects $534,210 Into Northern Tasmania Regional Centres

Monday, 14 November 2005

Special funding of $534,210 including $200,000 for new facilities at Hagley Farm Primary School was announced today by the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team on a Northern regional tour.

The package also includes $138,460 for an interpretation strategy for the Heritage Highway Touring Route, $104,150 for a five year Sport Fishing Tourism Development and Marketing Plan and more than $64,000 for new facilities at Giant Steps Tasmania at Deloraine.

There is also a further $20,000 for heating upgrade at Sheffield District High School and $7000 for a site development plan at Deloraine High School.

At Hagley Farm Primary School the $200,000 funding will fulfil a 2004 Howard Government election promise to upgrade the school's Environment Centre and agriculture museum for use by students from all over Tasmania.

The Senate team made the announcement as they embarked on their tour including Cressy, Hagley, Deloraine and Sheffield.

"The Hagley Farm Primary School has a State wide reputation for its excellence in agricultural education,” said school old boy Senator Guy Barnett, who officiated at the ceremony along with his Senate colleagues.

The Senate team said that Australia's strong economy and strong Budget surplus has enabled the Government to deliver on its promises.

Senator Barnett said Hagley Farm School is 150 years old this year, and was being constantly upgraded as a school of excellence because the facilities are available for students across the State.

In March this year Senator Barnett officiated at the opening of a $2.26 million redevelopment at the school which included more than $1.5 million in federal funding and the balance of funding from the school and the State Government.

Among other announcements today:

1.The Government will spend $138,460 to develop an interpretation strategy for the Tasmanian Heritage Highway Touring Route, being completed by the Heritage Highway Tourism Region Association Inc. Historic and cultural heritage information

will be collected and collated from across the region, and displayed for visitors via information panels, brochures, guided tours and theme cards. 2.As well $104,150 will be spent on a five year Sport Fishing Development and


Marketing Plan done by Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania Inc. 3.Students and staff at Giant Steps Tasmania will benefit from an Australian Government grant of $64,600 under the new Investing in Our Schools Program. The grant will be added to a school contribution of $7,000 for refurbishment of a classroom, occupation and speech therapy room, office and staff room at the school. 4.The Howard Government in 2005-06 has delivered $7.4 million in roads and general grants to the Kentish, Meander Valley and Northern Midlands municipalities, or a 4.4% increase on the previous year.

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