Coun­cil to share re­gional funds

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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