Media Release – $200m to build better regions

Tourism infrastructure and job creation are front and centre of a new round of the Federal Government’s $200 million Building Better Regions Fund, which is now open for applications.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the fund focussed on building strong and resilient communities, as well as helping create local jobs, by investing in projects across Australia which drive our regional economies.

“We have had fantastic outcomes over the first two funding rounds of the Building Better Regions Fund and I expect Round 3 to deliver more of the same with up to $45 million earmarked to increase tourism and—importantly—create even more local jobs,” Minister McCormack said.

“In previous rounds, projects have ranged from building new community-based aged care facilities, developing training programs to support young people in starting their own businesses, and improving freight access to airports, just to name a few.

“Through this fund, we are making vital local tourism projects a reality for our regional communities, creating even better places to get a job or to visit, grow up in, and raise a family.”

Almost $8 million was awarded to the Wide Bay Burnett in Round 2 with $264,440 invested in community investment projects and $7.24 million in infrastructure.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDAWBB) Director of Regional Development, Scott Rowe, said he was delighted with the number of successful projects.

“The Wide Bay Burnett did very well, especially in Bundaberg where the Mon Repos Turtle Centre Redevelopment received $3.75 million, and the Aeromedical Hub for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Life Flight received $3 million,” Mr Rowe said.

“Local events such as the Junior Netball State Championships in Bundaberg, the new BaconFest in Kingaroy and the annual Childers Festival have proven great social events making a strong economic impact to their communities.”

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said this was a great opportunity for regional communities to kick-off new tourism infrastructure projects.

“Tourism is a major industry for many regional areas, and this fund could give regional communities the helping hand they need to seize on local tourism opportunities,” Minister Birmingham said.

Applications close on 15 November 2018. For further information on eligibility and guidelines,

For assistance contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Director of Regional Development Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697 or