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$25, 850 for Jeparit Entry and Museum.

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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Friday, 2 June 2006

$25,850 for Jeparit Entry and Museum

Member for Mallee, John Forrest, today announced that Regional Partnerships programme funding of $28,850 has been granted for the Jeparit Entry and Museum project.

The Australian Government funds would enable the community to help redevelop the main entrance thoroughfare to Jeparit by enhancing the arrival area which includes the front entry of the Pioneer Museum. The beautification of the town’s entry is anticipated to entice more visitors to the region, linking it to the Wimmera River and providing an attractive location to recreate and picnic.

Mr Forrest advised that the Regional Partnerships funding will be used towards signage, lighting, landscaping supplies, security locks for the main door and gates and shutters on the Pioneer Museum, concrete tables, electric barbeque and power supply, double purlin seats and precast concrete bollards.

Mr John Hicks, CEO of the Hindmarsh Shire Council also welcomed the funding which would enable the Shire to undertake these works together with funding already received from the State Government.

Mr Forrest said he would like to thank the Greater Green Triangle Area Consultative Committee for their work in helping to bring this project to fruition.

Mr Pat McAloon, Executive Officer of the Greater Green Triangle Area Consultative Committee said it was great to see this project funded so successfully. “This is a unique project for Jeparit and is a great example of the type of projects we can support for the region,” said Mr McAloon.

Mr Forrest said the Regional Partnerships Programme will 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 is generating.

Since its inception in July 2003, Regional Partnerships has, on average, attracted a further three dollars from other sources for every dollar invested by the Australian Government. Interested people should contact the Greater Green Triangle Area Consultative Committee on 5352 3935 if they wish to seek funding through Regional Partnerships.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407