The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has opened up applications for a second round of federal funding to support local projects that create jobs and economic growth.
Eligible organisations are now invited to apply under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) round two. Mr Chester, who is acting Minister for Regional Development, officially launched the program.
Gippsland has already benefitted from Round One of the Building Better Regions Fund, with $725,590 for the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve and multi-use centre and $500,000 for the Gippsland Lakes Community Health expansion in Bairnsdale.
Previous regional development funding has gone towards the Latrobe Creative Precinct in Traralgon, a new dental prosthetics lab and training clinic in Churchill, Gippsland Regional Sporting Complex in Sale, and the Port of Sale Cultural Hub.
“Gippsland has already been a big winner from the Federal Government’s regional development investments, but there is always more work to be done,” Mr Chester said.
“I am encouraging all community groups and local governments with projects that will support local businesses and job creation to apply under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund.
“Gippsland has great potential to maximise its natural assets through strategic investment in the visitor economy. BBRF is a great way to obtain co-funding from the Federal Government for projects that will make a big difference to our region’s future.”
BBRF has two streams – Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments – which means communities have even more flexibility in developing proposals.
Submissions close on 19 December 2017 for both streams.
Mr Chester said BBRF was designed to back projects that create further investment in the community.
“Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community,” Mr Chester said.
“Infrastructure investment, and planning and capability building are significant to improving outcomes in a community. A clearly articulated regional aged care strategy, for instance, can have as big an impact on residents as building a new aged care facility in a single town”.
“When combined, both streams will encourage job creation, economic growth, and encourage social cohesion across Australia”.
For more information on the Fund, or to submit an application, visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund