Local councils and community organisations across regional NSW are being urged to apply for funding under Round 5 of the popular Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Federal NSW Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said both the community investment and infrastructure projects streams would offer exciting opportunities for economic growth in the electorate.
“There’s no doubt 2020 was challenging in many ways, but the BBRF will help us to kick-start a new year, bringing support to community-driven projects in the Parkes electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“This round includes $100 million in dedicated funding for tourism-related infrastructure boosting our regional tourism recovery, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.
“The BBRF has gone a long way to enhance local community facilities and create jobs.
“Under the latest round, we secured a whopping $18.8 million for the Parkes electorate, with Cobar Shire Council receiving the largest funding amount of $6.8 million for an upgrade to their local oval facilities, an Early Learning Centre, and an Economic Resilience Strategy.
“Projects like these being funded under the BBRF are delivering lasting benefits to communities in our region, and I urge councils and community groups to put forward their strong applications to help drive our local economic growth.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said the NSW Nationals in the federal government were proud to be supporting regional communities through the BBRF, particularly those regions which relied upon domestic and international tourism.
“Last year highlighted just how strong our regions are, with communities and industries working to overcome many challenges to continue to grow,” Mr McCormack said.
“I encourage all eligible applicants to apply for funding to ensure the lifeblood of this nation – our regions – continue building strong communities for the future.”
Applications are now open and can be submitted through the online portal at www.business.gov.au/bbrf. Applications close March 5, with successful applicants expected to be announced in mid-2021.