– Specific funding for investment ready projects in regional, rural and remote Australia.
– Funding will be available across two streams ? infrastructure projects and community investments.
– Information session scheduled in Cairns on 7th February 2017
Community groups and local councils are encourage to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund, which is available for community and infrastructure projects in Far North Queensland.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fund is dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural, regional and remote Australia.
“The Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is designed to invest in projects that will create the kinds of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to,” Minister Nash said.
“The BBRF will give communities the opportunity to think outside the square and show us the types of investments they believe will strengthen their local community and create jobs.
“Flexible, creative thinking can be a winning formula to receive funding, providing clear objectives are mapped out that show benefits for the region.”
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP said 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.
“The Far North is our community and we want to invest in the infrastructure, events and initiatives that we are passionate about, and that we know will make a difference to our region,” Mr Entsch said.
The Far Northern region has already been successful in securing funding for regional priorities with the Coalition committing funding to development projects such as the Cairns Performing Arts Centre (C-PAC), the Rocky Creek WW2 Igloo Restoration Project, the Mission Beach Aquatic Facility and upgrades to the Airport and Wastewater Treatment Plant at Mareeba.
“An information session will be held in Cairns on February 7th at 10.00am to allow applicants the opportunity to find out more about the Building Better Regions Fund,” Mr Entsch said.
People who are interested in attending must register at https://www.business.gov.au/events/building-better-regions-fund-information-session. More information about the requirements for the BBRF can be found at www.business.gov.au/bbrf
Applications will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.