Second round of Building Better Regions Fund opens to Hinkler community

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has urged organisations to apply for Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open for funding to support further job creation and economic growth in regional and rural Australia.

Mr Pitt said the region had already benefitted from Round One, with more than $16 million delivered toward five projects across the two streams.

“Round One has provided organisations such as Pacific Tug with the ability to build its marine industry precinct at the Port of Bundaberg, and the Fraser Coast Regional Council to host the A-Class Catamaran National Titles and World Titles in 2018,” he said.

“It is projects like this that will support local businesses and job creation, while also ensuring the needs of the community are met.

“The fact BBRF has two streams – Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments – means communities have even more flexibility in developing proposals.  With submissions closing on 19 December 2017 for both streams, I encourage all eligible organisations to get their application in”.

Mr Pitt said BBRF was designed to back projects that create further investment in the community.

“Investment in regional areas like Hinkler will mean long-term job creation and economic growth,” he said.

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Projects approved in Hinkler under Round 1 of the Building Better Regions Fund:

  • $6 million for a Marine Industry Site at the Port of Bundaberg

  • $2.9 million for the Bundaberg Regional Council for the Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment

  • $7.4 million for Stage 2 of the IWC

  • $54,420 for the Fraser Coast Regional Council to host the Sail Hervey Bay A-Class Catamaran National Titles and World Titles in November 2018.

  • $15,000 for the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre to develop a social plan for the region reflecting the demographic and social issues of the area and providing strategies to address these through an implementation plan.

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