Re­gion will ben­e­fit from BBRF fund­ing: Lit­tleproud

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MARA­NOA MP David Lit­tleproud says his elec­torate will ben­e­fit from a new round of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, tar­geted to im­prove and in­crease live­abil­ity in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Lit­tleproud said the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund would pro­vide a huge boost.

“Round two of the BBRF is now open, un­til De­cem­ber 19, to help ad­dress the chal­lenges faced by re­gional, ru­ral, and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“I’ve ad­vo­cated for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties across Mara­noa and I be­lieve we’re rep­re­sented in the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s BBRF as ma­jor cap­i­tal cities have been ex­cluded in the fund­ing’s guide­lines,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“With three re­gional coun­cils in my elec­torate con­tribut­ing more per capita than Bris­bane City Coun­cil, it makes sense our re­gions should be sup­ported and that’s why the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced this fund­ing.

“The BBRF is di­vided into two streams. The In­fra­struc­ture Projects Stream will in­vest in new in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion or ex­ist­ing project up­grades; and the Com­mu­nity In­vest­ments Stream is about strength­en­ing live­abil­ity.”

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous BBRF round, Mr Lit­tleproud was able to se­cure more than $ 9.36 mil­lion for ex­cit­ing in­fra­struc­ture and job- cre­ation projects in his elec­torate.

“The great thing about this fund­ing is com­mu­ni­ties drive the projects and, last time, we were able to fund af­ford­able hous­ing for se­niors in Black­butt, im­prove live­stock trans­porta­tion at Mor­ven; and sup­port the con­struc­tion of a new re­gional beef cold stor­age fa­cil­ity in War­wick to over­come pro­cess­ing re­straints in the Dar­ling Downs,” he said.

“I also se­cured $ 168,525 for six com­mu­nity in­vest­ment projects – un­der Round One in the Com­mu­nity In­vest­ments Stream – to help ce­ment this elec­torate as a go- to tourism des­ti­na­tion.

“Projects ranged from fish­ing in the Con­damine River; fu­ture tourism plans for Win­ton, the Dia­mantina and South­ern Downs; and a mul­ti­cul­tural fash­ion pa­rade and food and fi­bre fes­ti­val on the Western Downs.”

Un­der the for­mer Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund, Mr Lit­tleproud se­cured more than $ 17 mil­lion for projects in Mara­noa and is keen for as many projects as pos­si­ble to take ad­van­tage of the BBRF.

“Un­der La­bor’s Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund, ma­jor cities were awarded fund­ing – it was ‘ re­gion’ in name only and it wasn’t an even play­ing field.

“The Coali­tion’s BBRF puts our bush com­mu­ni­ties first and is tai­lored to sup­port ru­ral elec­torates like Mara­noa as ma­jor cen­tres and cities don’t qual­ify for this fund­ing.”

To ac­cess the BBRF guide­lines and to lodge an ap­pli­ca­tion visit www. busi­ness. gov. au.

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