Senator Payne announces applications are open for $200 million regional funding round

Monday, 22 October 2018
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, has encouraged the Upper Blue Mountains community to apply for the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, a $200 million fund designed to support the local economy and boost tourism.  
“The local tourism industry is part of the lifeblood of the Blue Mountains economy,” Senator Payne said.  
“As the Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, I have received valuable feedback from locals, business owners and community organisations on the importance of a strategic regional approach to help promote tourism activity and stimulate economic growth in the Blue Mountains.
“Because our plan for a strong economy is working, in Round 2 of the Fund, I was pleased to announce funding for Varuna, the National Writers House. This funding will support them to deliver a home-grown writers festival.   
“In addition, over $1.5 million was announced to help bring the Blackheath Town Centre project into reality with funding also allocated for accessibility improvements to local lookouts. These upgrades have been long-awaited by the Blackheath community, so I was pleased to see this funding put into place.” 
“A thriving local tourism industry means a healthier local economy and more jobs for locals, and this investment in the Blue Mountains community is only possible because the Liberal-National government’s plan for a stronger economy is working.  
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the projects delivered under Round 3 will ensure regional and remote communities continue to thrive.   
“We have had fantastic outcomes over the first two funding rounds of the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and I expect Round 3 to deliver more of the same with up to $45 million earmarked to increase tourism,” Mr McCormack said.  
“Tourism is a major industry in many of our regional areas, and this investment in tourism-related infrastructure projects will draw more visitors to remote and regional Australia and the economic benefits they bring with them.   
“In this third round we are investing a further $200 million – a clear indication of the Government’s commitment to investing in projects that create jobs, build regional economies and ensure strong and resilient regional communities into the future.” 
Applications opened on 27 September 2018 and close on 15 November 2018. 
Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at   



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