Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien is encouraging communities to prepare to apply for Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with guidelines released today.
“It has been an especially tough year in Wide Bay with bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Liberal and National Government is ready to support our local communities as they recover, with funding through the BBRF,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Throughout rural and regional Australia, we have $100 million of targeted support for tourism-related infrastructure to get regional tourism back on its feet, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.”
Mr O’Brien said guidelines have now been released and can be found at www.business.gov.au/bbrf meaning local proponents can now start developing their applications.
Applications open on 12 January 2021 and close on 5 March 2021. Successful applicants are expected to be announced in mid-2021.
“Wide Bay has already benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in crucial projects such as the $1.6 million Country Creative Association fossil museum and cultural centre in Murgon, that will drive economic growth and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities,” Mr O’Brien said.
In addition to the funding for Murgon’s Cultural Centre, Round Four of the BBRF included $60,000 to assist with the program for the Noosa Alive 2021 festival, $42,539 for a training room and shelter at Noosa disability service Sunshine Butterflies; $20,000 to upgrade the 30-year-old toilets and showers at the Cooroy Badminton Club Hall; and $140,000 to construct a new educational and activity centre at Hope Reins in Gympie.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the launch of the program guidelines meant prospective applicants could now begin planning their project applications for assessment.
“The Australian Government is supporting regional communities across the nation with a particular focus in this round on regional tourism,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This funding will create jobs and drive economic growth in our rural and remote communities at a time it is needed most.”