Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development & Leader of The Nationals The Hon Michael McCormack MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Several communities in Central Australia will benefit from over $1.1 million in funding under Round 3 of the Federal Coalition Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, announced the CLP’s investment in Central Australian projects under Round 3 will help grow the economy and build a strong future for Australia’s regions.
“A CLP investment of $461,715 with the Outback Highway Development Council for the Outback Way Outdoor Gallery will create one of the largest outdoor galleries in Australia in one of the most remote communities in the nation at Atitjere (Harts Range),” Senator Scullion said.
“Fourteen large, double sided billboards positioned in the Atitjere community near the existing ‘My Pathways Atitjere Art Gallery’ will annually showcase 28 artworks from the communities along the Outback Way Art Trail and from regional art competitions in WA, NT and QLD.”
Ms Price said she was delighted to announce the Country Liberals were investing $709,207 into the Yuendumu Women’s Centre Infrastructure Project.
“This funding will provide infrastructure improvements to four premises managed by Yuendumu Women’s Centre Aboriginal Corporation (YWCAC): the Women’s Centre, the Women’s Safe House, Coordinator House and the redevelopment of an old premises into a Cultural Centre providing essential services for the whole community, including an Op Shop, Community Laundry and much needed meeting and training spaces,” Ms Price said.
“The infrastructure will enable YWCAC to manage properties to ensure they are safe, welcoming places for all people; are economically sustainable, and meet immediate community needs and provide a foundation for future economic and social development.
“I am proud to be part of the CLP that is not only delivering better infrastructure for the bush but also on the most important priority of keeping our women and children safe with better community services and facilities.
Another investment of $20,872 to Tourism Central Australia would towards Tourist Information Audio Signage in the Lasseter region.
“This grant will be used to purchase and install handle powered audio signs across the Lasseter region to provide tourists with answers to frequently asked questions. The signs will make available information and advice regarding safety and travel across the Central Australian region. This audio signage will increase safety awareness, improve information availability and assist in delivering around the clock weather updates for tourists, locals and all travellers going through the region,” Ms Price said.
“It is projects such as these that make Central Australia an even better place to live, work and raise a family and I’m excited to see the positive difference funding these projects will make to the community.
“It is critical to note that Labor will stop funding BBRF and the Regional Growth Fund if they are elected and much needed community projects like these will no longer be delivered under a Shorten Labor Government.”
Tourism Central Australia CEO Stephen Schwer said they were delighted the organisation has been awarded Building Better Regions funding for the installation of handle powered audio signs.
“This is the latest part of TCA’s focus on delivering travel information to visitors outside of the usual Visitor Information Centre operating hours”.
“The audio signs will provide pre-recorded messages on a range of travel topics. Most importantly this will include travel safety advice to emphasise the need to be properly prepared for the Red Centre’s climatic conditions”, Mr Schwer said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.
“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda,” Mr McCormack said.
“In this round we are also investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support those many regional communities that rely on tourism to bolster their economy.
“We have seen fantastic outcomes from the first two rounds, and today’s announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive.”