The latest round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will be wholly and soley dedicated to helping communities hardest hit by the crippling drought.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz urged communities in Wright to take advantage of the fund and get local infrastructure and community-building projects of all sizes off the ground.
“We are here for our regional and rural communities who are doing it tough through drought and will be here to support them for as long as it takes through dedicated initiatives such as the BBRF,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This round is dedicated to unlocking the economic potential of rural, remote and regional Australia which has been drought affected and I encourage all eligible organisations with a project ready to commence, to apply for the fourth round of funding.
“Round four will see $200 million invested into regional communities to help drive economic growth and deliver lasting benefits to our local community.”
The announcement was part of the Federal Government’s latest package of assistance to combat the drought.
“Our communities are seeing the impact of this drought and fires on top of that, this has an impact on morale and on the spirit of the community. What this funding will help do during the prolonged dry-spell is get local projects and infrastructure work under way.
“While we can’t make it rain, we can support regional economies, keep tradies in work and money generating through local businesses,” Mr Buchholz said.
Projects that have been funded under previous rounds of the BBRF include community-based aged care facilities, training programs to support young people in starting their own business and improving freight access to airports.
“The first three rounds of BBRF were highly competitive with more than 2,600 applications received and 832 projects funded, totalling just over $643 million.”
Applications opened on 14 November 2019 and close on 19 December 2019.
Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf.