4 July 2018

Regional boost for Maryborough and Cooroy under Building Better Regions Fund
A new Veterans Community Initiatives Strategy, operated at Maryborough by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, and the 2019 Australian Body Art Festival at Cooroy hosted by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce, will receive a boost following the announcement of two successful projects under the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment stream.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future.
 
“The Veterans Community Initiatives Strategy will receive $25,000 to establish an online support network for veterans, and enhance the Fraser Coast as a desirable destination for veterans to live and work,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“The Cooroy Chamber of Commerce will receive $34,500 to organise a body art festival, consisting of competitions in body painting, wearable art, photography, and community art, demonstrations, and street and stage entertainment.
 
“These projects will provide new opportunities and help promote the region, ensuring that Wide Bay remains resilient and prosperous into the future, ” said Mr O’Brien.
 
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Building Better Regions Fund continues to deliver major benefits for rural, regional and remote communities throughout Australia.
 
“The Community Investment stream of the Building Better Regions Fund is another part of our plan for regional Australia. It supports community activities from expanded local events and strategic planning to improving leadership and capability,” Dr McVeigh said.
 
“Under round two, the Coalition Government is investing more than $4 million in over 100 Community Investment stream projects across Australia valued at over $7.3 million.
 
“This is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs which will beef up local economies.”
 
Dr McVeigh said the Coalition Government invested an additional $200 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to deliver another round of the Building Better Regions Fund.
 
“This is another great outcome delivered for regional Australia. The Coalition has a plan to deliver a stronger economy and more jobs and we are focused on getting it done.”
 
Successful projects for round two of the Infrastructure stream will be announced in the near future.
 
A full list of successful round two projects under the Community Investment stream are available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf
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