Media Release – Building Better Regions Now Open

Community groups and local governments are encouraged to submit applications for round one of the $300 million Building Better Regions Fund, which will support regional community and infrastructure projects.

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 the types of investments they believe will strengthen their local community and create jobs.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe said applications will be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project—so small community projects are not competing against major projects worth tens of millions.

“The program has been designed to create jobs, have a positive impact on economic activity, enhance community facilities, enhance leadership capacity and encourage community cohesion and sense of identity,” Mr Rowe said.

This is a great opportunity for not-for-profits and community groups to secure matching funding for projects that will benefit their communities at the grassroots level.

RDA is available to assist applicants across the two streams of the program to ensure the Wide Bay Burnett gets its share of funding.

Applications will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.

A free information session will be held at the University of Central Queensland Bundaberg campus, University
Drive, Bundaberg, on Tuesday, January 24, from 10am to assist applicants and discuss guidelines. Tickets are
available at https://register.eventarc.com/36440/building-better-regions-fund-information-session

To lodge an application or find out about an information session near you, visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf

For more information contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.