The Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to invest in the future of regional Australia, with a further $250 million in funding available under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has announced that applications for Round 6 of the program are now open, paving the way for new projects that our communities need and deserve to be funded and delivered from next year.
Mr Buchholz is calling on local council and community organisations to start preparing applications for projects to receive a share in $250 million.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve, the BBRF is delivering projects across our community now,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Projects that have already been delivered in our community include street lighting upgrades in Flagstone and significant works at the new and improved Logan Village Green. A revitalised town centre in Boonah and upgrades at the Beaudesert gold club. In the Lockyer, the Gatton Shire hall has a had a makeover and the Fairways Park stage one is now complete.
“Funding projects in communities such as ours not only provides an economic boost and job opportunities but provides a legacy of delivering facilities residents need for the future.
“I am immensely proud of the community orientated projects being funded under the BBRF.
“Our government has a strong track record of delivering projects in our community that are important, with some $8,538,639 invested in the electorate of Wright through the BBRF,” Mr Buchholz said.
The BBRF supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities. Funding the infrastructure and services that communities need for the future will create jobs and help them rebound strongly from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding under Round 6 takes the Government’s total investment through the BBRF to $1.38 billion.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is focused on ensuring our regions remain strong and grow into the future.
“Regional Australians deserve the same services and opportunities that people in metropolitan cities have and the Building Better Regions Fund helps make this happen,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“That’s why we’ve committed another $250 million for projects and initiatives that will transform communities, create new jobs and drive economic growth across regional Australia.
“This will build on the 298 fantastic regional projects that shared in $300 million in funding under the last round of the Building Better Regions Fund.
“Our Government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead.”
Local governments and eligible incorporated not-for-profit organisations can again apply for grants of $5,000 up to $10 million to cover 50 per cent or more of eligible project costs.
Round 6 projects will be funded under two streams. The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
The Community Investments Stream funds community development activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.
Applications close on Thursday, 10 February 2022.