Media Release – Wide Bay Burnett Successful Projects – Building Better Regions Fund – Round 3

Wide Bay Burnett has been successful in nine total applications for funding in Round 3 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Five proposals from WBB were successful in the Community Investments stream and four applications in the Infrastructure Projects stream. The successful projects are listed below.



Fraser Coast Regional Council

Hervey Bay Airport Redevelopment

This project will deliver both stages of a two-stage redevelopment of the Hervey Bay Airport, including the improvement of all infrastructure for the main runway and taxiways and the construction of a specialised aviation and associated supply chain industry subdivision to house growing local aviation activities which are expecting to create over 500 jobs.

Total project cost: $26,660,00

Total funding: $9,190,000


Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc.

Sunshine Beach SLSC – Clubhouse Renovation and Upgrade

The project will upgrade and construct a two-storey Surf Life Saving Club clubhouse building with multipurpose rooms providing training and support functions for the lifesaving operation as well as create a social hub with bar and restaurant dining facilities.


This project will see the development of vital community infrastructure that can service the entire community promoting healthy lifestyles, delivering critical lifesaving services to the area, creating employment, developing youth through training and education and providing an important economic contribution to the region. Tourism forms a major economic contributor to the region, delivery of lifesaving services and maximising community safety is critical to the inflow of tourists. The infrastructure project will improve liveability at the local level and drive tourist visitations to the region whilst also providing the community with jobs, a multi-functional venue for hire and hub for locals to gather and form important community networks.

Total project cost: $5,325,000

Total funding: $2,500,000


Bundaberg Regional Council

Gin Gin Community Hub

The proposed Gin Gin Community Hub development will enhance a cornerstone facility and provide a greater range of community and social support services to residents of Gin Gin and the surrounding district. The project extends the existing centre to incorporate the Gin Gin library; provides upgraded facilities that increase community and shared space; and consolidates Council operations/community services into a “one stop shop”. The new Hub will increase social cohesion, improve delivery of programs, and support a higher level of interaction between the many community groups and members of the public who share these resources and benefit from working together.

Total project cost: $2,779,570

Total funding: $1,389,785


Gympie District Show Society Inc.

Installation of new lighting on the main arena at Gympie Showgrounds (stage 1)

This project will install new lighting on the main arena of the Gympie Show Grounds. The installation of the lighting will provide a vastly improved facility for the current and future users at the Gympie Show Grounds and will fill the gap in infrastructure that currently exists. It will be available for a variety of community organisations and sporting clubs to utilise. These activities and organisations include team penning, barrel racing, miniature horses, working cattle dog trials and fire brigade training. It will also address the growing concern to move sporting and recreational activities away from the extreme heat during the hotter summer months for numerous health and safety issues including heat exhaustion, dehydration, skin cancers and heat stress for animals.

Total project cost: $184,828

Total funding: $92,414



Burnett Catchment Care Association

Inland Burnett: SMART Audit and Strategic Gap Analysis

This project will deliver a regional resource audit and strategic gap analysis and Inland Burnett farming resources and identify impediments farmers face in accessing these resources.

Total project cost: $119,547

Total funding: $99,547


Fraser Coast Regional Council

Fraser Coast Events Strategy 2019 – 2023

The project will develop a five year Fraser Coast events strategic plan to help maximise community participation, guide future investment decisions and identify sustainable economic/social opportunities for the Fraser Coast region.

Total project cost: $40,000

Total funding: $20,000


Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc.

Cooloola Coast Voluntourism and Research Tourism Strategy

The project will deliver a strategic plan for the development of two new tourism markets for the Cooloola Coast region to grow tourism numbers during off-peak times.

Total project cost: $20,000

Total funding: $20,000


Bunya Peoples’ Aboriginal Corporation

Bonye Bu’ru Cultural Gathering and Tourism

This project will consist of a cultural gathering that will include workshops to develop a cultural governance model and cultural tourism business plan, and a cultural event for Aboriginal communities and the broader community.

Total project cost: $19,450

Total funding: $19,450


Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Inc.

North Burnett Community Leaders Workshop Series

This project consists of a series of workshops that will enhance leadership and the social and economic capacities of the North Burnett communities.

Total project cost: $18,500

Total funding: $18,500