Grants to brighten ru­ral out­look

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL LIFE -

LO­CAL jobs in ru­ral and re­gional Queens­land will re­ceive a boost thanks to the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s new $10 mil­lion Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Grants Pro­gram.

Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Mark Furner said ap­pli­ca­tions were now open for “shovel-ready” projects.

“The gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to sup­port the agri­cul­ture sup­ply chain and cre­ate lo­cal em­ploy­ment jobs,” Mr Furner said.

“A slice of the $10 mil­lion will be awarded to suc­cess­ful projects across re­gional Queens­land that add value to agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, help to de­velop new mar­kets or part­ner with other busi­nesses to ex­pand job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This ini­tia­tive is an­other elec­tion com­mit­ment de­liv­ered by the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment and a clear demon­stra­tion of our com­mit­ment to agri­cul­ture and job cre­ation in ru­ral and re­gional Queens­land.

“We are work­ing in part­ner­ship with busi­ness and in­dus­try to achieve our shared goal of a strong econ­omy and jobs growth.”

Mr Furner said round one of ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est were open now.

“Grants up to $250,000 with a match­ing co-con­tri­bu­tion from the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be con­sid­ered,” he said.

“El­i­gi­ble projects must be ‘shovel ready’ and pro­vide eco­nomic ben­e­fit to re­gional Queens­land within the first 12 months fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion.

“In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est de­tail­ing the de­vel­op­ment idea/plan by Oc­to­ber 26 to be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a grant.

“The Queens­land Ru­ral In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Author­ity will re­view these ap­pli­ca­tions and in­vite suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants to sub­mit a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion against key criteria.”

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