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Australian Government funding for Charters Towers directory.\n

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of The Nationals

14 July 2004 A78/2004


The Australian Government will provide $22,000 (GST inclusive) to assist the North Queensland Public Education Association to print the Charters Towers Directory, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals, John Anderson, said today.

The Deputy Prime Minister made the announcement in conjunction with The Nationals' candidate for Kennedy, James Doyle.

"The Directory will provide comprehensive community information, coupled with easy-to-use local business listings, helping residents of and visitors to the City of Charters Towers and the surrounding Dalrymple Shire to find businesses and community services and to spend in the local economy," Mr Anderson said.

"It will be freely available to all residents and from motels, businesses and the Visitor Information Centre to give people greater access to local services and businesses.

"As well as providing indexed listings of businesses and community services, the Directory will contain information features on the gold mining, educational and pastoral sectors, and Indigenous peoples of the region, and 10-page features on both local government bodies."

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

"I particularly want to congratulate James Doyle for his strong support for Regional Partnerships programme and the North Queensland Area Consultative Committee," Mr Anderson said.

"Regional Partnerships continues the Australian Government's approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. There is $408.5 million available under Regional Partnerships from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

"Regional Partnerships integrates the Australian Government's key regional programmes, except Sustainable Regions, into one programme with one set of guidelines and one application form to help communities develop their own future.

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

Media Contacts

Clare Siddins ( Minister Anderson's Office ) 0427 200 674