WITH the funding round for the Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) opening today, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is urging any interested parties to attend one of three information sessions that will be held early next week.
“This is a great opportunity for project proponents to find out more about the program, and the opportunities it presents for businesses, non-profits and local government bodies in our region,” he said.
The briefings, which will be run by the Department of Regional Development, will be held as follows:
Cairns: 5 June 2017 at 9.30am
Location: Cairns Regional Council Civic Reception Room, 119 – 145 Spence Street, Cairns
Port Douglas: 6 June 2017 at 10.00am
Location: Port Douglas Community Hall, Corner Mowbray & Mudlo Street, Port Douglas
Should any constituents want to attend a session/s please register on the RJIP website. https://www.business.gov.au/events/regional-jobs-and-investment-packages-information-session
A session will also be held at Yarrabah however it will be targeted, please contact Yarrabah Aboriginal Council to request attendance.
Mr Entsch said that funding through the $20 million RJIP will be available across three streams:
• Local infrastructure – These grants are for local government bodies and agencies and not-for-profit organisations to invest in new or upgraded infrastructure projects. These projects will capitalise on opportunities for growth, deliver long-term economic benefits to regional communities, and create jobs.
• Business innovation – These grants are for local businesses to build scale and capability to be competitive in new or growing markets and create sustainable employment.
• Skills and training – These grants are for local government bodies and agencies and not-for-profit organisations to support training and upskilling of the regional workforce to meet regional priorities, take advantage of emerging opportunities and withstand major labour market changes.
“For anyone interested in applying for funding, the guidelines, FAQs, local investment plans and the applications forms are available at www.business.gov.au/rjip” Mr Entsch said. “I’d urge people to familiarise themselves with these documents before attending an information session.”