North Burnett misses out
Region will not share in $2 billion government funding
THE North Burnett region has been left out of a
$2.4 billion funding pool from the Building Better Regions Fund.
The goal of the fund is to create jobs, drive economic growth and support strong regional communities across Australia by funding infrastructure and community investment projects.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the council applied to put two projects in for funding but it was unsuccessful.
“North Burnett Regional Council applied to the BBRF (round one) with two infrastructure projects: Mingo Crossing Redevelopment (we were successful with the State Government funding but were hopeful of matched Federal Government funding) and also the Monto Biohub,” Cr Chambers said.
“Feedback from our applications was that both were strong but neither received funding which was disappointing.”
Cr Chambers said the major disappointment came from how much Bundaberg received compared to the rest of the region.
“The disappointment was compounded when Bundaberg received funding for their Biohub over ours which added $18 million to their already funded
$16 million-plus through this grant,” she said.
“Although we work together through WBBROC and applaud any wins the greater region has, the North Burnett is in dire need of some large infrastructure spend in our region as infrastructure creates jobs.”
Major development and infrastructure projects in both the public and private sector have been completed and are under way across the South Burnett, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast and Gympie.
More than 3000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the funding through the Building Better Regions Fund.
Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett chairman Bill Trevor said the projects had been beneficial for the region and would create “much needed jobs” for the community in the Burnett.
“It is evident that there are significant investments being made in the health, tourism, agribusiness and construction,” Mr Trevor said.
Cr Chambers said she would like the North Burnett to be considered for the next round of funding.