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Regional partnerships funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

24 January 2007 009MV/2007 Joint

Joint Media Statement

The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

John Cobb

Minister for Community Services


The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals, Mark Vaile, and the Minister for Community Services and Member for Parkes, John Cobb, today announced Regional Partnerships funding of $589,536 (GST incl.) for an upgrade to the Royal Flying Doctor Service's medical facilities at Broken Hill.

"The Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill provides vital medical services to people in their region, as well as essential emergency services for people in far west New South Wales, south west Queensland and north eastern South Australia," Mr Vaile said.

"There is a real and pressing need for updated medical facilities at the RFDS base, including more space for patient care and updated equipment and furniture for the medical centre."

Mr Cobb said: "The Royal Flying Doctor Service is the only source for primary medical care for many people in Broken Hill's surrounding region.

"This project is particularly important to the people of Broken Hill, who have had to endure the closure of a number of the town's mines in recent years. This has meant a fall in population, and a decline in employment opportunities."

The project represents stage three in a four stage process to upgrade the medical centre and administration facilities at the Royal Flying Doctor Service headquarters at Broken Hill.

Work on the project is expected to commence in February 2007, and be completed later this year.

The Regional Partnerships programme continues the Australian Government's approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $270.5 million is available under the

Regional Partnerships programme from 2006-07 to 2009-10.

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

Since its inception in July 2003, the Regional Partnerships programme 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 programme

Media Contacts

Carissa Buckland ( Mr Vaile's Office ) 0418 255 981

Ron Kelly ( Mr Cobbs Office ) 0417 862 924

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