18/01/2017

Apply now for Round One of the Building Better Regions Fund

From today, community groups and local councils in Wide Bay are able to apply for funding under the Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund, to support local community and infrastructure projects.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said the fund is dedicated to support new investment in projects across rural, regional and remote Australia. 

“The Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will invest in projects that create the kinds of regional communities that we want to live in and our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The BBRF gives communities the opportunity to consider the investments that will create new opportunities and seek funding for projects that will strengthen their local area and create jobs.

Applications will be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project – so small community projects are not competing against huge projects worth tens of millions.

“Flexible, fresh and creative thinking is often the starting point for successful applications. It is also important to clearly define the objectives and outcomes of the project to demonstrate the benefits for the region.

“The Coalition’s BBRF will support investments in the infrastructure, events and initiatives that we are passionate about and that we know will make a difference to our region,” Mr O’Brien said.

Wide Bay has already been successful in securing funding for projects of regional significance, with the Coalition Government committing funding to key projects through the National Stronger Regions Fund, including: $5 million for Gympie’s new Aquatic Centre; $548,250 to upgrade Gympie’s Pavilion and Conference Centre; $900,000 for Stage Two of the Fraser Coast Military Trail; and $325,000 for an all weather extension to the Brolga Theatre.

Applications will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream. For assistance with applications please contact your local Regional Development Australia Committee https://rda.gov.au

To register for an information session or to find out more visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf