Think big

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Wan­non Dan Te­han is call­ing for ‘big’ ideas for projects that might qual­ify for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Re­gional Growth Fund.

Mr Te­han said ap­pli­ca­tions were open for the fund, which could sup­port projects that helped shape the fu­ture of the re­gion.

Mr Te­han said the $272-mil­lion Re­gional Growth Fund would sup­port ma­jor projects in re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas that de­liv­ered long-term eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

“This is an ex­cit­ing pro­gram that is set to de­liver ma­jor projects over $20-mil­lion that take ad­van­tage of the re­gion’s natural eco­nomic strengths,” he said.

“The Re­gional Growth Fund will sup­port ad­di­tional in­vest­ment for sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth, in­clud­ing from the pri­vate sec­tor, other lev­els of gov­ern­ment and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tions close on April 27 and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one el­i­gi­ble in our com­mu­nity to look at the pro­gram guide­lines and get started on an ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, Ter­ri­to­ries and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter John Mcveigh said the gov­ern­ment would in­vest a min­i­mum of $10-mil­lion to­ward each suc­cess­ful in­fra­struc­ture project, rep­re­sent­ing a max­i­mum of 50 per­cent of project costs.

“The Re­gional Growth Fund will be a game-changer across Aus­tralia,” he said.

More informatio­n on the pro­gram, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process, is avail­able on­line at www.grants.gov.au.

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