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$275,000 for Galong Castle and Museum.

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$275,000 for Galong Castle and Museum Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Member for Hume Alby Schultz has announced Australian Government Regional Partnerships funding of $275,000 to develop the Galong Castle and Museum at St Clement's Monastery and Retreat Centre in Galong.

Mr Schultz said the Australian Government funds would help the Trustees of the Redemptorist Fathers restore the Galong Castle turret and convert part of the original homestead into a museum and associated facilities.

“The development of Galong Castle, which was originally the home of Irish convict emancipist Edward ‘Ned’ Ryan, will restore a valuable piece of local and Australian history,” Mr Schultz said.

“This project, which I strongly advocated, will also generate an increase in tourism within the Harden Shire,” he said.

Mr Schultz congratulated the local community for working together to access Regional Partnerships program funding.

“I would particularly like to thank the Riverina Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition,” he said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the financial support provided by Redemptorist Fathers, Harden Shire Council, Friends of St Clement’s, Blue Circle/Boral and the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn,” he 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.

Mr Schultz 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.

Communities should contact their local Area Consultative Committee if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships program.