The Morrison Government is investing in the future of Cairns and Far North Queensland with $7.761 million in funding for nine projects under Round 5 of its highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the government’s investment will deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the region.
He said the latest round of funding was particularly competitive.
“The Morrison Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve,” Mr Entsch said.
“We are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery.
“I have worked closely with local councils and community groups. It is great to be part of a government that will listen to and deliver for our community.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Barnaby Joyce said the government is focused on ensuring our regions remain strong.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to work hard on behalf of Australians living in regional and remote communities,” Mr Joyce said.
“That is why we have committed an additional $100 million under this latest round to take total funding to almost $300 million.
“This extra funding will support more projects, more jobs and create more economic opportunities in our regions to boost their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Funding for these projects across Cairns and Far North Queensland is a testament to the dedication of Warren Entsch and his unwavering advocacy for his community.”
Mr Joyce said funding under the Building Better Regions Fund supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities.
“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest round will ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit, while helping support important regional industries which create jobs,” he said.
“Our government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead.”
The Morrison Government has committed almost $300 million under Round 5 of the BBRF to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9900 jobs during the project period.
This latest funding round takes our total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1300 projects.
Cairns and Far North Queensland projects to receive BBRF funding include:
Nintiringanyi Indigenous Corportation – The Murama Experience – $46,600
The project will deliver the Murama Experience, a three-staged Indigenous cultural gathering, mentoring and entertainment event, in Cairns, Queensland.
Torres Shire Council – Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival – $67,500
The project will develop a strategic plan for the growth and marketing of the biannual Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival.
Kuranda Traders Association – COVID-19 Strategic Recovery Plan – $19,900
The project will deliver a three-year Strategic Recovery Plan that provides a framework for Kuranda Village businesses to survive, recover, adapt to new markets and visitor expectations and thrive in a post-COVID environment.
Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation – Mapoon Visitor and Interpretive Centre – $1,814,319
The project will replace existing infrastructure to construct a multi-purpose facility for community purposes.
New Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation – New Mapoon Community Youth Centre – Stage 2 – $400,190
The project will construct a new ranger base visitor information and interpretive centre.
Port Douglas Rugby Club – Rugby Club Upgrades – $41,658
The project will upgrade the rugby clubhouse.
Cairns Regional Council – Northern Beaches Leisure Trail- Kewarra Beach to Clifton Beach – $1,971,403
The project will construct a 360m long x 3m wide concrete footpath to connect with existing paved network and also build a new 100m long bridge over Deep Creek to link the beach side suburbs of Clifton Beach and Kewarra Beach.
Douglas Shire Council – Connecting Communities Project – $2,250,000
The project will construct a shared pedestrian cycle way bridge and pathway between Kubirri Aged Care Centre and Mossman Gorge Centre
AusCycling Limited – Smithfield Mountain Bike Park – $1,115,000
The project will upgrade the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park in preparation for hosting international events.