- $46,007 for a new BMX track at Nhulunbuy
- $61,560 towards the Milpirri 30 Year Celebration Festival
- Fund supports key community projects in regional and remote communities
- Nationwide, 147 projects will share in $6.9 million which spurs and extra $5.4 million in investment
Nhulunbuy will have an all season national standard BMX track, thanks to a Coalition Government investment through the Building Better Regions Fund.
Successful projects under the first round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) were announced today.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said $46,007 in funding will go towards the development of an all-season race track at Nhulunbuy BMX Club.
“I’m really pleased to see this project win funding from the Building Better Regions Fund,” Senator Scullion said.
“This announcement is a real boost for the Nhulunbuy community, and the new tack will provide year-round opportunities to BMX enthusiasts, extending the use of this community assert to include the wet season.
“A national standard track will attract riders with Nhulunbuy Bicycle Motocross Club Inc to host NT Titles in 2018.”
Nhulunbuy Bicycle Motocross Club Inc President, Paul Mery, said the club relies on volunteers for all track preparation and maintenance.
“We estimated that our track ties up over 1000 hours per year of volunteer labour. Not only will this grant provide a year-round riding surface, but it will take the annual heart ache away from the preparation works required after the wet season. Our club is thrilled to receive this support,” Mr Mery said.
Senator Scullion said funding of $61,560 had also gone to the Tracks Dance Company for the Milpirri 30 Year Celebration Festival at Lajamanu , which will celebrate 30 years of one of the most longstanding creative relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal leaders in Australia.
“Every two years since 2005, Tracks Dance and the Lajamanu community have presented Milpirri, a celebration of Warlpiri culture through dance and music performed by up to 200 local dancers. While the festival will include one performance, one exhibition, one forum, a film documentation, an original music track, and workshops, the funding will go towards the creation of material for 27 banners.
“Without the Building Better Regions Fund, these community investment projects often struggle to get funding,” Senator Scullion said.
Tracks Company Director, Adelaide Wood, said Milpirri is a significant bicultural event not just for the Northern Territory but for the whole of Australia.
“In receiving this funding recognition is being given to the important roll arts and culture plays in Building Better Regional Communities and we are thrilled to be a recipient,” Ms Wood said.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream was investing $6.9 million in community projects throughout regional Australia.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. These projects help to do that.”
The Building Better Regions Fund is investing $500 million to foster economic growth in rural, regional, and remote communities.