Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands will benefit from over $130,000 in funding under Round 3 of the Federal Coalition Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced the CLP’s investment in the projects on Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands under Round 3 will help grow the economy and build a strong future for Australia’s regions.
“A CLP investment of $75,000 to the Shire of Christmas Island will go towards a Christmas Island Public Art Program called Our Streets Are Our Museums,” Senator Scullion said.
“As part of the project, a series of seven murals and art installations will be installed on Christmas Island as a means for demonstrating the island’s unique cultural, societal, linguistic and economic history.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the Christmas Island Tourism Association would use a grant of $19,500 to help deliver a strategic plan to improve the experience of tourists on Christmas Island through improved signage and the development of special interest trails.
“These two projects on Christmas Island are important to the people of Christmas Island with both being in the Christmas Island strategic Plan so the CLP is pleased to be supporting them and delivering this funding for these key projects,” Ms Price said.
“Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council will use their CLP investment of $37,500 to develop a report, the Cocos CV, showcasing the capability and capacity of businesses, organisations and job seekers of the Cocos Islands region, providing them with the best opportunity to secure employment from major projects in the Indian Ocean Territories.”
“It is projects such as these that make Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands an even better place to live, work and raise a family and I’m excited to see the positive difference funding these projects will make to the community.
“It is critical to note that Labor will stop funding BBRF and the Regional Growth Fund if they are elected and much needed community projects like these will no longer be delivered under a Shorten Labor Government.”
Christmas Island Tourism Association Manager, Karenn Singer said: “these two projects will bring our history, rich culture and built heritage alive for our visitors, residents and future generations. With fascinating stories, unique and amazing nature its time to discover the real Christmas Island.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.
“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda,” Mr McCormack said.
“In this round we are also investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support those many regional communities that rely on tourism to bolster their economy.
“We have seen fantastic outcomes from the first two rounds, and today’s announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive.”