A garden festival attracting tourists to the Hastings and a regional skills audit for the MidCoast will receive Federal funding under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 5.
Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie announced funding for the following projects:
- $24,700 for MidCoast Regional Skills Audit (Total project cost $49,400)
- $10,000 for Comboyne Gardenista (Total project cost $18,950)
“The skills research project will be carried out by Taree Universities Campus to identify gaps we need to fill, to strengthen our workforce to grow businesses on the MidCoast,” Dr Gillespie said.
“We’re backing projects to create jobs and boost our economic recovery after the pandemic. The Taree Universities Campus is ideally placed to oversee this audit, as it provides an important conduit between students and the region’s employers.”
Dr Gillespie said the inaugural Comboyne Gardenista would also receive funding, to boost tourism to the Hastings.
“The Festival has twice been delayed because of Covid lockdowns and is now scheduled to kick off for two days in October 2022,” Dr Gillespie said.
“It should be a great addition to the calendar and is designed to engage people of all ages. Well done to Busways who will be supporting the event by providing transport around the open gardens.”
The latest round of the BBRF has committed an additional $100 million to regional infrastructure and community projects to take total funding to almost $300 million.
Building Better Regions Fund Round 5 has also contributed $3.159 million to the upgrade of the Forster Surf Life Saving Club and foreshore.
For a list of successful projects, please visit: www.business.gov.au/bbrf