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$16,500 for Mildura Masters games.

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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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

Wednesday, 6 July 2005


Member for Mallee, John Forrest, today announced that Regional Partnerships programme funding of $16,500 has been granted to assist Mildura YMCA with its Mildura Masters Games 2005 project.

The Australian Government funds will assist with the cost of signage, equipment hire, volunteer training and promotional materials for the event.

"This event builds on the successful trial conducted in 2003 and promises to attract even more competitors to this year's event. The event is a great opportunity to showcase the region and increase tourism spending in the district,” Mr Forrest said.

“This increased spending will further add to the viability of Mildura's successful tourism and hospitality industries.”

"I would particularly like to thank the Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition," Mr Forrest said.

Mr Don Carrazza, Chairman of the Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee said they were very pleased with the funding. “It is fantastic for Mildura and is yet another example of the type of projects we can support to help bring visitors and their spending dollars to the region,” said Mr Carrazza.

Mr Forrest said he considers the Regional Partnerships Programme as very important for regional and rural areas as it continues the Australian Government’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas.

Regional Partnerships 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 Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee on 5023 8659 if they wish to seek funding through Regional Partnerships.

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