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Broken Hill benefits from the Regional Assistance Programme (RAP)

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The Hon Wilson Tuckey MP

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

29 October 2002 WT73/2002


The Far West NSW region will benefit from more than $190,900 in Federal Government Regional Assistance Programme (RAP) funding for the Invest in Broken Hill Website and the Broken Hill Film Prospectus.

Launching both projects in Broken Hill today the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Wilson Tuckey, said the funding had been provided from the Commonwealth Government's Regional Assistance Programme to enable Transition 2010 Inc and the Far West Regional Board to attract new investment and development to the region.

"The Invest in Broken Hill Website project will promote Broken Hill as an attractive investment opportunity. The website (which includes a database of assets) markets information to interested stakeholders and potential investors," Mr Tuckey said.

Mr Tuckey said the Broken Film Prospectus project would be used to attract further film and television production to the Far West NSW Region.

"Not only will this project result in an increase in local employment opportunities and skills development, it also has the real potential to promote the region as a tourist destination," Mr Tuckey said.

The Far West NSW region covers a large area and is relatively isolated from major capital cities. It includes Broken Hill and the Central Darling Shire as well as the Unincorporated area of NSW.

Mr Tuckey said these projects demonstrated how a partnership between government and the community could enhance local employment opportunities and growth in the region.

"By accessing local skills and experience we can achieve sustainable growth that will benefit the whole community," Mr Tuckey said.

The Outback Area Consultative Comittee (ACC) is part of a network of 56 ACCs throughout regional and metropolitan Australia working in partnership with government, business and the community to find sustainable solutions to regional development issues.

The Regional Assistance Programme, administered by the Department of Transport and Regional Services, provides seed funding for innovative, quality projects facilitating local solutions to local development issues.

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Gary Kent ( Minister Tuckey's office ) 0419 854 211