MyRegion Website Alive and Well
20 March 2014
Labor's Shadow Minister for Regional Development bobbed her head up today to make a false claim that ‘the Abbott Government has today announced that the MyRegion website will be shut down next week’.
“She is completely wrong,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss corrected.
“Labor seems obsessed with scaremongering and making hysterical statements that have no basis in fact. Rather than a zealous leap to wrong conclusions, a simple check and a deep breath might have saved Ms Collins some embarrassment and regional people from being misinformed.
“The MyRegion site has a Facebook page and a Twitter account, which are not in use. A message was placed saying, the Twitter site and Facebook page will be closed. The MyRegion site is not being closed.
“In fact the MyRegion website is an evolution of the Howard Government's Regional Entry Point website, which provided a central access point to information for regional communities.
“The new Coalition Government is already delivering for regional Australia, refocussing efforts and resources where they are most productive, as well as injecting $1 billion directly into our regions through the new National Stronger Regions Fund.
“This Fund will help build the social and community infrastructure so important to modern life, including community facilities and local services.
“But we have also committed up to $342 million for some 300 community projects to clean up Labor's mess through our new Community Development Grants Programme.
“In addition to our specific election commitment, the Programme is funding projects that were left uncontracted and in limbo by Labor. We have picked up the pieces of Labor's fraudulent Regional Development Australia Fund to fully fund all project under Rounds 2, 3 and 4.
“On top of that, the new Coalition Government is making record investments in regional road and rail projects neglected by the previous Labor government. Our $35.5 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme over six years will build the vital road and rail projects to improve efficiency, boost productivity and drive Australia's economy forward.”
In the regions, these projects include:
- $6.7 billion to upgrade the Bruce Highway and better protect it against regular and costly flooding;
- $5.6 billion to finish the duplication of the Pacific Highway within this decade;
- $700 million for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing;
- $615 million to build the Swan Valley Bypass on the Perth to Darwin Highway; and
- $400 million to continue the Midland Highway upgrade in Tasmania.
“This Government has also committed $300 million to finalise plans, engineering design, environmental assessments and commence construction of the iconic Melbourne-to-Brisbane Inland Rail project.
“With Australia's freight task set to double over the next 20 years and treble along the eastern seaboard, the Inland Rail will join Brisbane though Toowoomba, southern Queensland, regional NSW and Victoria, and on into Melbourne.
“It will be a vital freight corridor for all three states, indeed, the nation and take tens of thousands of truck loads off our roads and on to rail.
“We have extended the Roads to Recovery Programme, locking in its future for a further five years with $1.75 billion of funding.
“Further, the Coalition Government has committed $300 million to the Black Spot Programme addressing road sites that are high risk areas for serious crashes, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal programme to restore dilapidated local bridges.
“Our commitment to regional Australia is resolute. Labor were big on announcements but woeful on delivering. We are delivering for the regions.”