Council to share regional funds
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council will take a $318,905 slice of the Australian Government’s $150million commitment to help build and renew community infrastructure across the country, as part of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).
Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the funding would be delivered through round five of RDAF and allocated to councils and shires that alrea- dy receive Financial Assistance Grants.
The funding can only be used to build and renew community infrastructure, with a focus on ‘shovel-ready’ projects in communities. Sporting facilities, libraries, town halls, playgrounds and essential community services, such as child care facilities, are the types of infrastructure expected to benefit from the investment.
Regional Development Austra- lia ( RDA) Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday CEO Nicole Duguid welcomed the funding as a boost to the local economy.
“This funding will result in jobs and economic growth for our community, while delivering much-needed infrastructure for our region,” she said. Mackay Regional Council was allocated $411,484 and Isaac Regional Council $383,832, making a total of $1,114,221 for the entire Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region.