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THE NEWS No. 340 3 July 2012 page 10

Branxton Community Hall from 8.00am, new and existing stall holders are welcomed with stalls at $10.00 per site, please contact Warwick on 0249 381599. Thank You..

$11.3 MILLION TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES IN HUNTER BUY OR RENT HOMES Housing Minister Brendan O’Connor, Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean and Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon said Maitland’s growth will be made more sustainable, the City centre more vibrant and homes will become more affordable in the Maitland area thanks to the Gillard Government’s Building Better Regional Cities program. Maitland City Council will receive a grant of $11.3 million for local infrastructure projects to support new housing developments, Mr O’Connor said. “We know that housing shortages are creating challenges in growing regional communities like Maitland, now and into the future,” Mr O’Connor said. “Through Building Better Regional Cities, 16 communities across Australia will receive funding to help reduce the cost of local infrastructure needed for new housing developments, such as roads, bridges, water and sewerage works, parks and community centres, so that those savings are passed on to home buyers.” “To have a stronger nation, we need stronger regions. We want to see these communities grow and we are working with local councils and developers to deliver more affordable homes for low and middle income families.” Mr Crean said the Building Better Regional Cities investment builds on the Federal Government’s commitment to funding infrastructure. “There is a massive demand for infrastructure in this country, but no one government alone can do it all. Such a view inevitably results in buck-passing, inaction and a blame game,” Mr Crean said. “The alternative is a partnership between the three levels of government, and where appropriate, the private sector. Our Government is paving the way for these strong investment partnerships. “With the Minerals Resource Rent Tax securing funding for infrastructure, including the Regional Development Australia Fund and the Regional Infrastructure Fund, there will be more opportunities for regions to pursue investment partnerships and get their slice of the action. Mr Fitzgibbon said the Maitland area will benefit by receiving funding for infrastructure projects that support new housing developments. “In Maitland we are experiencing a high demand for affordable housing but with the support of the Gillard Government, our community will be able to grow. This investment will allow Maitland to continue to grow in a sustainable way and that’s good news for both Maitland and the Hunter Region’s economy” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Branxton Lions Club Market Day

The Branxton Lions Club Market Days are continually growing with new stall and existing stall holders. Our next Market is on Saturday 21st July 2012 from 8.00am to 2.00pm, for the people of Branxton and surrounding suburbs, we aim to showcase local products, jewellery, clothing, knitwear, children accessories, dolls & teddy bears, plants and bric-a-brac as well as providing a range of top quality food such as jams & preserves, cakes. The local CWA has a stall in the ever growing market for their items. We will have spinners and their wares to sell. Our finest egg & bacon rolls with sausage sandwiches will be available. So come and join us to purchase “In Maitland, we will now be able to build roads and other infrastructure to support low good food and bargains. Raffle is also held on the day with prizes of meat trays. New cost housing in Central Maitland. “This will increase the number of affordable STALL HOLDERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED. INDOOR AND OUTDOOR homes available for sale and rent and help SITES ARE AVAILABLE FOR $10.00, alleviate housing supply pressures in for bookings please contact Warwick on Maitland. 0249 381599. – PLENTY OF PARKING “In the past, the cost of providing infrastructure for housing developments was AVAILABLE borne by developers and local councils, which then contributed to the increase in the Lions Club of Singleton will hold their price of new homes and rising rents. annual BOOK FAIR on Thursday 19 July, “Building Better Regional Cities is part of Friday 20 July and Saturday 21 July 2012. the Gillard Government’s historic commitment to address housing affordability The BOOK FAIR will be held at the Singleton Showground in the N.A.A. and help people stay connected to their Pavilion and will be open from 9am to 5pm communities. We are building better on each of these days with one extra hour regional cities for a stronger, more on Thursday to 6pm. All good quality sustainable Australia.” The Government has invested more than $20 second-hand items (books, magazines, games, CDs, DVDs etc) will range in price billion in housing and homelessness since from 20c to $2! coming to office in 2008. There will be a large Children's Section ( Kids Corner). Free tea and coffee will be available. We look forward to seeing you at our BOOK FAIR!

Book Fair

AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MORNING TEA

Photo above: Joel Fitzgibbon centre with Peter Blackmore at right

The Branxton Lions Club would like to thank all those who attended our Biggest Morning Tea in May 2012 with an excellent speaker from Cessnock. As usual we had great raffle prizes THE ANNUAL GENERAL that were won by the MEETING guests. With the generosity of the guests and the Lions OF THE Club we raised $2000 to SCOTT’S FLAT RURAL FIRE be donated to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. BRIGADE Branxton is extremely WILL BE HELD ON generous community and we are proud to be a part WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY 2012 AT of Branxton. Our next fundraiser will be a Market 7.30PM AT THE SCOTT’S FLAT Day to be held on Saturday STATION. ALL WELCOME 21st July 2012 at the

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