Bet­ter re­gion fo­cus for funds

Fed­eral Govt opens new round of re­gional sup­port

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Jonno Colfs

JOB creation and se­cu­rity is at the fore­front of an­other round of Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions fund­ing an­nounced by the Fed­eral Govern­ment this week.

The fund­ing is specif­i­cally tar­geted to im­prove and in­crease live­abil­ity in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and Mem­ber for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud said the fund­ing would pro­vide a huge boost.

“In the last round of fund­ing we se­cured

$4.8 mil­lion to build a cold stor­age fa­cil­ity at John Dee,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“This meant 143 di­rect new jobs and 136 in­di­rect jobs lo­cally, over 250 new jobs for an area like this means more teach­ers, more doc­tors, more money for the com­mu­nity.

“This fund­ing is only avail­able in re­gional ar­eas, where it has a much greater bang for its buck – the flow-on ef­fects are more pro­nounced.”

Mr Lit­tleproud said round 2 of the BBRF was open un­til De­cem­ber 19.

“The BBRF is di­vided into two streams,” he said.

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

Un­der the 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 taken ad­van­tage of the BBRF. Mr Lit­tleproud said pri­vate busi­nesses must have lo­cal govern­ment sup­port be­fore ap­ply­ing.

“Busi­ness cases must be com­pleted and plans must be shovel ready,” he said.

To ac­cess the BBRF guide­lines and to lodge an ap­pli­ca­tion visit www. busi­­sis­tance/ build­ing-bet­ter -re­gions­fund.

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