Community groups and local councils are encourage to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund which is available for community and infrastructure projects in Groom.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fund is dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural regional and remote Australia.
“The Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is designed to invest in projects that will create the kinds of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to ” Minister Nash said.
“The BBRF will give communities the opportunity to think outside the square and show us the types of investments they believe will strengthen their local community and create jobs.
“Flexible creative thinking can be a winning formula to receive funding providing clear objectives are mapped out that show benefits for the region.”
Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said applications will be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project – so small community projects are not competing against huge projects worth tens of millions.
“We want to invest in the infrastructure events and initiatives that we are passionate about and that we know will make a difference to our region ” Dr McVeigh said.
“Our region has already been successful on one occasion in securing funding for regional priorities with the Coalition committing funding to install solar panels on the roof of Lifeline Darling Downs and South West facilities last year.
“I am hoping for another successful project in this round.”
“An information session will be held at the Albatross Room at the City Golf Club on February 2 2017 starting at 10.30am to allow applicants the opportunity to find out more about the Building Better Regions Fund.”
Applications will then close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.
To register for an information session or to find out more visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf