Media Release – Building Better Regions Fund closing December 19

Not-for-profit organisations and councils are encouraged to apply for grants to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities through Round Two of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The $481.6 million fund is a competitive, merit-based grant program, which supports regional areas through infrastructure projects and community building projects.

Eligible groups can apply for funding under two separate streams:

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

The Community Investments Stream funds the following community activities, new or expanded local events,
strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities These projects will deliver
economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Infrastructure activities are not eligible for
the Community Investments Stream.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett executive officer Scott Rowe said the BBRF gives
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 must demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more
attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community,” Mr Rowe said.

Mr Rowe said applications would be assessed across three categories depending on the size of the project—so
small community projects were not competing against major projects.

“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.

“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 WBB is available to assist applicants across the two streams of the program to ensure the region secures its
share of funding.

In Round One, five projects across the Wide Bay Burnett region secured a total of $18,004,704.

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.

Applications for both streams in Round 2 will close on Tuesday 19 th December 2017, 5pm AEDST.

For more information visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better- regions-fund.

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