- Fund supports key community projects in regional and remote communities
- Two Barkly projects have receiving funding
- $161,250 to the Barkly Regional Council (BRC) Community Waste Management Strategy
- The Desert Harmony Festival set to receive $90,000
The Barkly region will benefit from two projects receiving funding under the Coalition’s 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 $161,250 will be invested in the Barkly Regional Council (BRC) Community Waste Management Strategy while the Desert Harmony Festival is set to receive $90,000.
“I’m really pleased to see these two projects win funding from the Building Better Regions Fund,” Senator Scullion said.
“This announcement is a real boost for the Barkly community and demonstrates the Country Liberal Party’s strong commitment to Barkly and the people that live here.
“The Barkly Regional Council Community Waste Management Strategy will provide vital direction and actions on how to produce best practice waste management in the remote communities of Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Ali Curung, Wutunugurra and Alpurrurulam.
“Not only will this strategy help create cleaner and safer remote communities with the creation of a master plan for each community’s waste facility, it will also be a boost for jobs in the region with 50 long term full job jobs to be created, with 40 of them expected to be Indigenous employees.
“We know the benefits of this project will also flow through to other remote communities as the master plan will be a key resource for other remote communities in effective operations of small scale landfill and transfer stations.”
Barkly Regional Council Mayor Steven Edgington said the development of a waste management strategy for Barkly Regional Communities will allow Council to develop best practice waste management solutions in their remote communities.
“This is a timely announcement and helps to address one of our new council’s key priorities of improved waste managers in the Region. I would like to thank Senator Scullion and the Federal Government for their continued support in the Barkly Region.
“Barkly Region Council will contribute $50,000 to the project and consider this to be an important investment into the future of the Barkly,” Mayor Edgington said
Barkly Regional Council CEO, Steve Moore, said the additional funding will allow Council to develop waste management plans for each community.
“Waste management is remote communities is an ongoing challenge, many communities have stockpiles of old cars, white goods and building materials that has grown over many years. The development of plans to address this growing problem is a great step forward.
“We will be partnering with Charles Darwin University throughout this project to assist with their research project into waste management in remote Communities,” Mr Moore said.
Senator Scullion said the funding for the Desert Harmony Festival is for a series of activities and measures to improve it including free festival buses for transport, a Pop up Box Office to increase awareness and ticket sales, mobile shading, aged care and disability seating areas, parent and child spaces, and mentoring for local artists.
“Without the Building Better Regions Fund, these community investment projects often struggle to get funding.”
Desert Harmony Festival Artistic Director, Kathy Burns, said it was so wonderful for the community to receive this support for our major event.
“These funds allow us to make the Festival experience comfortable and inclusive for all and boost the quality of the events so that audiences walk away with a positive story to share. Most importantly all the activities in this funding are about community engagement, training and employment.”
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.