Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Round 5 of Building Better Regions Fund open for applications

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has called on communities in the region to apply for funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open.

“2020 was a challenging year for our community, with drought and a global pandemic but the BBRF program will help to kick-start this new year, bringing support to community driven projects at a time it is most needed,” Mr Pitt said.

“This round of funding includes $100 million in dedicated funding for tourism-related infrastructure boosting our regional tourism recovery, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.

“Hinkler plays an integral role in our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and I  encourage communities in our region to apply for both the community investments stream and the infrastructure projects stream to enhance our community facilities, create much-needed jobs and encourage community cohesion through this time.

“Our region has already benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in projects such as the joint Royal Flying Doctor Service and LifeFlight aeromedical hub in Bundaberg, and supporting events like the Sail Hervey Bay A-Class Catamaran National Titles and World Titles held in 2018 and the 2018 Primary Schools Cup in Bundaberg.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government is proud to be supporting regional communities through the BBRF, particularly those regions which rely upon domestic and international tourism.

“2020 highlighted just how strong our regions are, with communites and industries working to overcome many challenges to conitue to grow,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The first four rounds of the BBRF were highly competitive with more than 3,200 applications received and 995 projects approved for funding, totalling just over $841.6 million.

“This is why I encourage all eligible applicants to apply for funding to ensure the lifeblood of this nation – our regions – continue building strong communities for the future.”

If potential applicants have any questions regarding eligibility or delivery of the program, they can contact the AusIndustry Business Grants Hub on 13 28 46 to discuss their individual circumstances.

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact their local Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee to discuss their application. The Wide Bay Burnett RDA can be contacted on 4124 2526 or email Director of Regional Development Scott Rowe on scott@rdawidebayburnett.org.au.

Applications can be submitted through the online portal at  www.business.gov.au/bbrf and will close on 5 March 2021, with successful applicants expected to be announced in mid-2021.

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