Joint Media Release with Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Communities across the Northern Territory are invited to apply for a share in $200 million under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
In Alice Springs today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the projects delivered under Round 3 will ensure regional and remote communities continue to thrive.
“We have had fantastic outcomes over the first two funding rounds of the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and I expect Round 3 to deliver more of the same with up to $45 million earmarked to increase tourism,” Mr McCormack said.
“Tourism is a major industry in many of our regional areas, and this investment in tourism-related infrastructure projects will draw more visitors to remote and regional Australia and the economic benefits they bring with them.
“In this third round we are investing a further $200 million – a clear indication of the Government’s commitment to investing in projects that create jobs, build regional economies and ensure strong and resilient regional communities into the future.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today toured a specialised cattle industry training centre at Roe Creek with Mr McCormack.
“The Coalition invested $446,340 through the Building Better Regions Fund for this Northern Territory’s Cattlemen’s Association centre to improve opportunities for trainees in Central Australia and support our important cattle industry,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Roe Creek training facility is a fantastic example of what the BBRF is all about – backing Territory projects that will create more jobs for Territorians and build our economy.”
Senator Scullion is urging communities across the Northern Territory to take advantage of the fund and get local infrastructure and community-building projects of all sizes off the ground.
“This fund is dedicated to unlocking the economic potential in remote and regional Australia and I encourage all eligible organisations with a great project idea to apply for the third round of funding,” Senator Scullion said.
“Tourism is an important industry here in Central Australia and across the Territory so I encourage NT tourism operators who have projects to help bring more tourists to the Territory to do an application from the $45 million earmarked in this round of the BBRF for tourism.
“Along with the Roe Creek training centre, the Territory has already benefited from rounds one and two of the Building Better Regions Fund with $15.8 million already invested through 16 projects – driving economic growth in the NT and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities.”
“The CLP has delivered some wonderful projects under the BBRF – projects which will help transform communities, create jobs and improve the lives of Territorians.”
Applications opened today and close on 15 November 2018.
Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bbrf.