Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$1.5 Million Boost Delivered in Calare Through Community Development Grants Programme

Media Release

JB026/2014

09 April 2014

Joint release with:

The Hon John Cobb MP

Federal Member for Calare

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments to the electorate of Calare through the newly established Community Development Grants Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Calare John Cobb today announced the Australian Government has delivered $1.5 million towards the Parkes Regional Airport Redevelopment project.

“The Parkes Regional Airport redevelopment will provide contemporary facilities which will be of significant benefit to the people of Parkes and the economic development of the region,” Mr Cobb said.

“The funding will assist in replacing the existing runway lighting, refurbishing the airport terminal and expanding car parking facilities. It will increase airport capacity, strengthening a vital link for business and commerce.

“I am so pleased after working with Parkes Shire Council for many years to actually have the money and for Parkes to look to the future for the region's benefit.

“This announcement will be welcome news for the community who were promised this funding by Labor but never received it.”

Mr Briggs said the funding was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to creating viable local and regional economies.

“The Australian Government is committed to providing long term improvements in productive community infrastructure for regions across Australia,” said Mr Briggs.

“We are providing up to $342 million toward around 300 community projects across Australia.

“Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments instead of just talking about them.”

The programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which undertakes a value for money assessment of each project against the programme guidelines to ensure the efficient, effective, and economical use of taxpayers' money.