Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash
Northern Territory community groups and local councils are being encouraged to apply for funding under the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, which opens tomorrow (Wednesday, 18 January).
Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said the $297 million fund would invest in community and infrastructure projects across rural, regional and remote Australia.
“The Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is designed to invest in projects that will create the kinds of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to,” Minister Nash said.
“The BBRF will give communities the opportunity to think outside the square and show us the types of investments they believe will strengthen their local community and create jobs.
“Flexible, creative thinking can be a winning formula to receive funding, providing clear objectives are mapped out that show benefits for the region.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said applications would be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project so small community projects were not competing against huge projects worth tens of millions of dollars.
“We want to invest in the infrastructure, events and initiatives that we are passionate about and that we know will make a difference to the Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
Two BBRF information sessions will be held in the Northern Territory to provide local residents with details about the fund. The first will be held tomorrow, 18 January, at 10am on the ground floor of Development House, Northern Australia Development Office, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin.
A second information session will be held in Alice Springs on 25 January.
Funding applications will close on 28 February for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and 31 March for the Community Investments Stream.
To register for an information session or to find out more visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf