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Vaile congratulates Rex for drought assistance.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

22 December 2006 041MV/2006



I would like to congratulate Rex on their philanthropic gift this Christmas of $1 million in travel to help those affected by the current drought.

I understand the response to last year's $500,000 drought relief program was overwhelming and full credit to Rex for not only offering the program again, but doubling the assistance available.

I realise that during a time of drought many farmers are reluctant or unable to leave their property due to stock feeding commitments, but to those who have the chance I urge them to take it.

While Rex has deservedly paid tribute to the various organisations they have worked with to develop the program, I would like to recognise the efforts of Ms Katrina Hodgkinson MP, NSW Member for Burrinjuck.

Katrina has been a tireless supporter of initiatives to ease the mental health burden on communities hit by drought and I have appreciated her guidance on this issue also.

Media Contacts

Richard Forbes ( Mr Vaile's Office ) 02 6277 7420 / 0418 273 475