National Stronger Regions Fund applications open

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Applications under Round One of the Australian Government’s landmark $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) are now open.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the newly created Fund would target new small scale community infrastructure projects at the local level that deliver sustainable economic benefits.

“The Government’s focus is on strengthening economies in Australia’s most disadvantaged regions by improving productivity, economic opportunity, employment and workforce skills,” Mr Pitt said.

The National Stronger Regions Fund will contribute between $20,000 and $10 million, covering up to 50 per cent of the total cost of the local community project.

“The NSRF will not fund infrastructure projects which simply shift costs from Local or State governments to the Commonwealth, or projects that are eligible for NDRRA funding,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt encouraged Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Regional Councils to partner with community and not-for-profit groups, to ensure projects are well-targeted.

“I’d like to open the discussion up to all Hinkler constituents, which is why I will host two community forums next month to hear ideas from the public,” he said.

“I want to give local communities the power to identify local projects that meet local needs, ensuring communities are investing in their own future.

“I urge the Hinkler community to engage in this process, and to get behind the National Stronger Regions Fund to ensure our region gets its fair share.”

Projects seeking funding will be considered in consultation with the Australian Government’s National Infrastructure Committee, which has a strong interest in, and commitment to, harnessing the potential of Australia’s regions.

The Guidelines for the National Stronger Regions Fund detail the type of project proposals sought, how to lodge an application, how assessments will be conducted, and critical programme dates.

To access the guidelines, and to lodge a Round One application, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf

Hinkler constituents interested in attending the forums should email keith.pitt.mp@aph.gov.au or telephone 07 4152 0744

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814