A bet­ter way to be funded

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Na­tion­als Steph Ryan has wel­comed a move by Can­berra to give com­mu­nity groups in ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia an op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply di­rectly for govern­ment fund­ing.

Ms Ryan said the guide­lines for the $1 bil­lion Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund, re­leased last week by Fed­eral Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Fiona Nash, al­lowed Rochester’s small com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply di­rectly.

Cap­i­tal cities have been ex­cluded from ap­ply­ing to the fund.

“Whether it’s the com­mit­tee want­ing to run a lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­ket, the Ro­tary club or a sport­ing club, these groups are at the heart of our towns and com­mu­ni­ties, just as they are in Rochester,” Ms Ryan said.

“This is an im­por­tant step from the Com­mon­wealth as it gives groups such as ours an op­por­tu­nity to di­rectly ap­ply for im­por­tant com­mu­nity projects.”

Fund­ing is avail­able for the con­struc­tion of new in­fra­struc­ture or the up­grad­ing of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture as well as com­mu­nity build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as lo­cal events, strate­gic re­gional plans, and lead­er­ship and ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that de­liver eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits to re­gional and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

Com­mu­nity groups can down­load guide­lines at busi­ness.gov.au/as­sis­tance/ build­ing-bet­ter-re­gions-fund.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the fund open on Jan­uary 18.

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