Apply now for round one of the Building Better Regions Fund

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Marise Payne is encouraging community groups and local councils to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund, which is available for community and infrastructure projects in western Sydney.  

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fund is dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural, regional and remote Australia. 

“The Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is designed to invest in projects that will create the kinds of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to,” Minister Nash said.

“The BBRF will give communities the opportunity to think outside the square and show us the types of investments they believe will strengthen their local community and create jobs.

“Flexible, creative thinking can be a winning formula to receive funding, providing clear objectives are mapped out that show benefits for the region.”

Senator Payne said applications will be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project – so small community projects are not competing against huge projects worth tens of millions.

“Western Sydney is our region and we want to invest in the infrastructure, events and initiatives that we are passionate about and that we know will make a difference,” Senator Payne said.

Our region has already been successful in securing funding for regional priorities with the Coalition committing funding to key regional development projects such as: $3,592,143 granted to Blue Mountains City Council in Macquarie under Round Two for the upgrade of tourism infrastructure – Scenic Southern Escarpment at Katoomba.

Applications will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.

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