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Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Development Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
The Coalition Government is contributing $136,505 from its Building Better Regions Fund towards a significant upgrade of Elliott’s sport and recreational facilities – a project that is expected to create vital job opportunities for local First Australians.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today the work to refurbish the site – the only multi-purpose building in Elliott and a hub for diverse activities and events within the community – would be greatly welcomed by local residents.
“The kitchen will be upgraded for nutrition and cooking workshops and to allow catering services for events. The indoor recreation area and basketball courts will also be upgraded to provide a safe place for activities for young people out of the heat or rain,” Senator Scullion said.
“The upgrades will include outside shaded seating, and a storage room and gym. The office will also be upgraded to provide an area for meetings and better planning of youth and community activities.
“I am delighted the project is expected to create 20 local jobs during the refurbishment phase and 15 ongoing jobs – with 10 of these to be filled by local First Australians.”
Barkly Regional Council CEO, Steve Moore, said the additional funding would allow the council to make a significant improvement to the multi-purpose centre.
“The youth of Elliott are great supporters of the centre and use the facilities constantly. This includes playing sports, using the multi-media centre and even just using it as a social hub,” Mr Moore said.
“The building and facilities are now quite dated and to be able to modernise the centre is a fantastic outcome for the people of Elliott. I would like to thank Senator Scullion and the Federal Government for their continued support in the Barkly Region.”
Barkly Regional Council will contribute $95,501 in funding and project management work towards the project, which is expected to be completed by mid-2018.
Senator Scullion said the Building Better Regions Fund received more than 500 applications and this was one of about 100 which were approved.
“I congratulate the Barkly Regional Council and look forward to working with it to deliver better sporting and community facilities for Elliott,” Senator Scullion said.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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