Coalition funding for Industry training facility in Central Australia

Joint Media Release with the Minister for Regional Development Senator The Hon Fiona Nash

The Coalition Government is investing $446,340 in a specialised training centre at Roe Creek near Alice Springs, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced today.

“The NT Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has received the funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund for the construction of a specialised training centre that will include modern accommodation for up to 30 people, a full caterer’s kitchen and dining room, fully equipped laundry along with a classroom-style training room,” Senator Scullion said.

“Roe Creek will be a unique training location, as it provides access to land to conduct training activities, and to carry out practical on-the-job tasks to simulate a real workplace routine. The site is already equipped with an on-site workshop, cattle yards, horse arena, cattle, horses and motorbikes for use in training as well as a variety of common farm machinery.

“The Building Better Regions Fund received more than 500 applications and this was one of about 100 which were approved.

“I congratulate the NT Cattlemen’s Association and look forward to working with it to deliver benefits to central Australia.

NTCA CEO Tracey Hayes said: “We are delighted our application was successful and we look forward to the project taking shape. We will now be able to deliver a high quality facility, strategically located in Central Australia providing capacity-building opportunities for a range of industries.”

Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like this one do exactly that,” Minister Nash said.

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we’ve got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au.”

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.

Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at:www.business.gov.au/bbrf