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

Australia donates disability mini-van to the people of Mangaia

Media Release

WT236/2015

05 August 2015

Joint release with:

Teariki Heather

Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

To commemorate the Cook Islands 50th Anniversary of self-government, the Australian Government is pleased to donate a disability-inclusive mini-van for people with disabilities on the Island of Mangaia.

The mini-van is currently being sourced and fitted out but both governments have taken the opportunity for Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Warren Truss to announce and present the mini-van symbolically during a ceremony at Rarotonga's Mangaia Hostel to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Teariki Heather.

“Under our Development for All 2015–2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in the aid program, Australia is proud to provide support for people with disabilities in developing countries,” Mr Truss said.

“Assisting people in the Cook Islands to find pathways out of poverty and to realising their full potential is a fitting way for us to recognise the Cook Islands' half-century of self-government.

“Through this gift, Australia welcomes the opportunity to assist people with disabilities of on the outer Island of Mangaia and, in a practical way, help them to have better access to community services.”

In accepting the mini-van, Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Teariki Heather said: “The Government and people of the Cook Islands extend our gratitude to the Government of Australia for this prestigious gift.”

The ceremony took place in the presence of the Mangaia Te Maeva Nui team.