Media Release – Fed’s Invest $18M to boost region’s Infrastructure

More than $18 million in much-needed infrastructure has been granted in the last week through
the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Bundaberg was the major beneficiary in the region receiving $7.4m for stage 2 of the Indigenous
Wellbeing Centre, $6m for the Port of Bundaberg Marine Industry site and $2.9m for
redevelopment of the Burnett Heads Town Centre.

These three projects alone are expected to create upwards of 500 jobs both in construction and
ongoing sustainable employment.

Gympie Regional Council secured $1.5m for a revitalisation of their historic Mary Street precinct
and the South Burnett received $204,000 for the Blackbutt and Benarkin Aged Care Association
to construct two new independent living units.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett chair Bill Trevor said the result was
outstanding for the region.

“To receive more than $18m in infrastructure funding in this first round is outstanding and will
help create jobs now and into the future,” Cr Trevor said.

“Under the Building Better Regions Fund, there were 110 projects that were successful from 545
that applied, with the government investing $219.5 million. The total investment in rural, remote
and regional Australia when you consider what the applicants are also investing is almost half a
billion dollars.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said this program was about building the kinds of
regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to.

“We’re delivering all kinds of projects from a new track at Mt Panorama in Bathurst to a new reef
and rainforest research centre in Cairns; affordable accommodation for aged people in
Dwellingup in WA to a new permanent base for the LifeFlight helicopter base in Toowoomba.

“I congratulate these successful applicants, who were chosen from a field of 545 applications
asking for almost $1 billion in Federal Government funding for projects worth a total of
$2 billion.”

Even more successful projects, from the Community Investments stream of the fund, will be
announced soon.

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not
successful and are naturally disappointed. We have dedicated staff in the Department of Industry
to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for
next time. They can be contacted on bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au.”

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.

A full list of successful Round One applicants for Infrastructure Projects Stream is available at:
www.business.gov.au/bbrf.

Table of Wide Bay Burnett successful projects under the Infrastructure Round is attached.

For further comment contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett chair Bill
Trevor on 0428 988 116 or executive officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.