Subject: ACT gives grant for East Timor radio services


Wednesday, 8 August 2007

ACT gives grant for East Timor radio services

The ACT government has given more than $40,000 to East Timor to help set up radio communication facilities in the capital city of Dili.

The grant has been made under the Canberra Dili Friendship Agreement, chief minister Jon Stanhope said.

The money - $41,750 in total - will pay for the installation of communication infrastructure for the Dili District Administration by Connect East Timor, a special project of aid organisation Palms Australia.

Radio services will be set up between the administration office, the island of Atauro and three municipal service depots in the Dili district.

Connect East Timor also hopes to train local operators and is in negotiations with the Dili Radio Workshoip to maintain the equipment for the next five years.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has also contributed to the Friendship Agreement, sending surplus equipment to be installed in the offices.

Mr Stanhope said he is glad to be helping East Timor.

"East Timor is one of the poorest countries in the world and telecommunication links are a vital part of its basic infrastructure needs," he said.

"I am delighted that Palms Australia will undertake this work on behalf of the government."

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