Water­front el­i­gi­ble for multi-mil­lion boost

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil is likely to de­cide next week if the Port Dou­glas Water­front is likely to be rec­om­mended for the lat­est round of fund­ing for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Fund.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day launched rounds three and four of the RDAF which will al­lo­cate more than $200 mil­lion to re­gional projects.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the fund­ing opens to­day, with $50 mil­lion al­lo­cated to round three for mi­nor fund­ing open to small towns of 30,000 peo­ple or less.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made for fund­ing of be­tween $50,000$500,000 for coun­cils or not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions which fit un­der the eco­nomic, community, arts and cul­ture or sports and re­cre­ation cat­e­gories.

Round four fund­ing will be de­ter­mined si­mul­ta­ne­ously with $175 mil­lion to be al­lo­cated for ma­jor fund­ing, with suc­cess­ful projects el­i­gi­ble for a cash in­jec­tion of be­tween $500,000 and $15 mil­lion from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Only coun­cils and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions can ap­ply and the projects need to fit un­der the cat­e­gory of eco­nomic, arts and cul­ture, community or sport and re­cre­ation to be con­sid­ered.

Suc­cess­ful projects must be­gin within 12 months of sign­ing the agree­ment and be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 31, 2016.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing need to be re­ceived by De­cem­ber 6.

Division 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu last night said she would seek to have the RDAF mat­ter put on the agenda for Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meet­ing to de­ter­mine coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties to meet the tight dead­line.

Cr Leu said she was heart­ened by Se­na­tor Jan McLu­cas’ com­ments yes­ter­day that out of the 46 suc­cess­ful projects in the sec­ond round of the RDAF, more than half had missed out on fund­ing in the first round.

Coun­cil put for­ward the Port Dou­glas Water­front for con­sid­er­a­tion for fund­ing in the sec­ond round of the RDAF but was un­suc­cess­ful.

For the Port Dou­glas Water­front to be con­sid­ered for fund­ing, coun­cil­lors would have to sup­port the plan en­dorsed by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil in Au­gust 2011 which in­cluded a la­goon in what is now the car park ad­ja­cent to St Mary’s church.

“I continue to get sup­port from busi­ness and the broader community for the Port Dou­glas Water­front plan en­dorsed by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil and be­lieve the Water­front is very im­por­tant for the eco­nomic fu­ture of our re­gion,” she said.

“It would be a fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity that could be en­joyed not just by tourists but lo­cals as well and will be urg­ing all coun­cil­lors to get be­hind the bid to get fed­eral fund­ing for a project which is im­por­tant for the whole Cairns re­gion.

“The Port Dou­glas Water­front plan is shovel-ready and as Mayor Bob Man­ning says it is a pri­or­ity of this coun­cil and this is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get it hap­pen­ing.”

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