Media Release – $1,773,250 NSRF Round 2 Funding approved for the Wide Bay Burnett

The Australian Government has announced $293 million to fund 111 projects to help deliver economic benefits to communities around Australia through Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the second round of the programme had seen an increase in the number of applications, with 513 applications seeking $1.5 billion in funding.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) Executive Officer Scott Rowe is pleased to announce that the Wide Bay had three applications approved with a combined total of $1,773,250 invested in the region. Details of the successful projects are:

Brolga Theatre Corporate Event Services Expansion:Maryborough’s Brolga Theatre will receive $325,000 to boost its conference facilities.

The grant will extend the Brolga Theatre complex with the creation of an all-weather, flexible space that will enhance the functionality of the facility. This will support increased capacity and attract additional activities to meet an identified regional need and appeal to a wider audience.

The new facilities will help the theatre attract larger functions and an even greater variety of public events, to boost the local economy and make Maryborough an even more attractive place to live.

The Pavilion Upgrade: The Pavilion Conference and Reception Centre upgrade project in Gympie has been approved for $548,250.

The conference and reception centre upgrade will renovate the region’s multi-purpose conference and event facility and will enable council to optimise community use of the facility while simultaneously maximising revenue through commercial hire of venue spaces.

The refurbishment will focus on revitalising the facility’s floor areas, activating more of the venue’s space and repurposing elements of the building’s layout to maximise flexibility and hiring potential

Construct Stg2 Fraser Coast Military History Trail:
Stage two of the iconic Duncan Chapman Military History project will receive $900,000.

This $1.8 million project is of national significance and has the potential to draw tourists from all over Australia to Maryborough and the Fraser Coast.

This project develops new infrastructure around emerging Military History tourism – an opportunity providing prospects for new or expanded operations in interpretive tours and increased trade in the hospitality sector.

The stage two project will feature an 8 metre high representation of the cliffs of Gallipoli ahead of Duncan Chapman’s statue in Maryborough’s Queens Park. Information bays between three panels of cliffs will convey the Gallipoli story and sculptures will depict the landing scene at Anzac Cove. A trench walk depicting the Western Front and a memorial commemorating the battle of Pozieres, where Major Duncan Chapman was killed, will complete this unique, interactive, memorial.

Details of all round 2 successful projects are available on the NSRF Website:

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For further information or for comment please contact RDA WBB Executive Officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.