Media Release – $258,759 approved for Wide Bay Burnett under Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Community Stream

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) is pleased to announce that Round One
of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream has resulted
in 147 projects receiving $6.9 million Australia wide.

The Wide Bay Burnett region received $258,759 to deliver economic and social benefits to regional and
remote communities.

Under Building Better Regions Fund an allocation of funding was provided under the Community
Investments Stream which will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or
expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities.

Project 1

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Murgon $25,000 $50,579
Project Description Delivery of a series of information sessions to provide networking
opportunities and information on business development and innovation. The
project will target established and start-up businesses and produce a project
evaluation report.

Project 2

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Fraser Coast Regional Council Torquay $54,420 $109,481
Project Description Support for two events in November 2018: the International A Class
Catamaran National Titles; and the International A Class Catamaran World
Titles.

Project 3

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Gympie Chamber of Commerce Gympie $20,000 $20,000
Project Description The Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Gympie Regional Council, will
deliver a one-day business summit from which the Chamber will develop a
series of workshops and business events and a plan to facilitate business
leadership and growth.

Project 4

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Gympie Regional Council Gympie $75,000 $150,000
Project Description A strategic plan, business plan and marketing plan to redevelop the historic
Gympie Gold Rush Festival followed by support for the delivery of the revised
format as a key part of the region’s RUSH Festival, (a platform for the delivery
of multiple events).

Project 5

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Kilkivan Great Horseride Association Kilkivan $13,899 $13,899
Project Description Expanding the annual and historic Kilkivan Great Horse Ride event to create a
five day community festival in 2018 that will attract a larger, more diverse
population of spectators and participants to this iconic 32 year old rural event
and deliver greater economic, social and cultural benefits for the region.

Project 6

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett Durong $20,000 $20,000
Project Description Deliver four skills and development events and conduct two study trips to
build local leadership capacity.

Project 7

Organisation: Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Hervey Bay $15,000 $30,000
Project Description Development of a Social Plan for Fraser Coast Regional Council Region
reflecting the demographic and social issues of the area and providing
strategies to address these through an implementation plan and
redevelopment of the ‘Our Fraser Coast’ website as an interactive site.

The overall Wide Bay Burnett project investment is $393,959 which will enhance community building
activities across the region.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe said the region would
benefit greatly from this investment in community building programs.

“From the enhancement of the historic Great Kilkivan Horse Ride and strengthening iconic events in
Gympie, to delivering mentorship and business expertise in the South Burnett and a new
social map for the Fraser Coast, this funding will help transform our communities,” Mr Rowe said.

“I acknowledge the hard work of these small groups and organisations and congratulate them for their
passion, community spirit and unwavering desire to build bigger and better communities for the future.”

For more information on the BBRF or to view a list of the successful projects visit:
www.business.gov.au/bbrf

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