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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging local councils and community organisations to now apply for the latest round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Mr Chester said round five would support communities which had been affected by drought, bushfires and coronavirus.

“Many projects throughout our region have already benefited from previous rounds of the Building Better Regions Fund,” Mr Chester said.

“This new round is the perfect opportunity to put forward shovel ready projects throughout Gippsland and get them funded.”

Mr Chester said $200 million was allocated for the program and funding would be available in two streams.

“Round five includes $100 million dedicated to funding tourism-related infrastructure which would boost our local economy, create more jobs and bring more visitors to our wonderful part of the world,” Mr Chester said.

“Alongside this is $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment to support local events, strategic regional plans and capability strengthening activities.

“This funding will ensure we keep putting locals first and supporting local jobs in Gippsland.”

Gippsland secured $1.5 million for the Omeo Mountain Bike Trails, $750,000 for a new lookout over the Gippsland Lakes at Kalimna, and $100,000 to expand the 2019 Morwell International Rose Garden festival in past rounds of the BBRF.

Applications open January 12, 2021 and close on March 5, 2021.

For grant guidelines and to apply visit: www.business.gov.au/bbrf

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