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$200,000 boost for Hughenden tourism.

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17 April 2002 B29/2002


A $200,000 Federal Government grant to the Flinders Shire Council will enable Hughenden to boost local tourism with its own Environmental and Cultural Interpretative Centre.

During a visit to Townsville, National Party Senator for Queensland, Ron Boswell, announced that the Hughenden community's existing information centre will be expanded with the help of funding the federal Regional Solutions Programme . The programme is designed to help rural and regional communities find local solutions to local challenges.

"The Hughenden area is blessed with natural wonders that are a magnet for tourists. An expanded Information, Environmental and Cultural Interpretative Centre will compliment the natural attractions in the area and has the potential to strengthen the local tourism industry," Senator Boswell said.

The proposed extension of the local Information Centre will build on existing local collections and include ecological and geological displays, indigenous displays and a recreational park.

"The Hughenden project will be funded through the Regional Solutions Programme, conceived and administered by the National Party through the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, and giving rise to an unprecedented relationship between regional communities and the Federal Government," he said.

"We are now working together at a local level in regional Queensland and throughout regional Australia - assisting to highlight our true potential and restore some equity to the regions."

Deputy Prime Minister and National Party Leader, John Anderson, also expressed congratulations to the Hughenden local community and the Flinders Shire Council for working together to access Regional Solutions funding.

The Regional Solutions application and assessment process is ongoing. An important feature of the programme is that applications can be lodged at any time. They are assessed on individual merit, and the specific needs of communities.

"I encourage other local regional Queensland organisations with ideas for projects to assist in building up their local communities to consider applying for Regional Solutions funding," Senator Boswell concluded.

Regional Solutions funding is available to 2004. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Media Contact: Leah Nicoll 0407 132 284

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