Ap­pli­ca­tions open for fed­eral fund which has bankrolled $7m lo­cally

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

WAN­GARATTA and district or­gan­i­sa­tions have been en­cour­aged to ap­ply to round three of the $200 mil­lion Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund (BBRF) by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).

“This fund­ing helps to sup­port ma­jor projects in re­gional ar­eas and boost com­mu­nity op­tions in coun­try towns,” Ms McGowan said.

“Indi has had great suc­cess with the BBRF in the past.

“Al­most $7 mil­lion has been de­liv­ered to Wan­garatta since Au­gust last year.”

In 2017, Wan­garatta Turf Club re­ceived $2.2 mil­lion for stage two of its re­de­vel­op­ment project; $18,000 went to the Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for its In­tro­duc­ing Phi­lan­thropy to Wan­garatta pro­gram; and Aus­tralian Women In Agriculture re­ceived $20,000 for AgendHER Plus ses­sions in Wan­garatta to as­sist women with board and gover­nance pre­pared­ness.

In July this year, $4.4 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to re­de­velop and up­date the Wan­garatta In­door Sport and Aquatic Cen­tre.

El­i­gi­ble projects for round three need to in­clude con­struc­tion of new in­fra­struc­ture, or upgrades or ex­ten­sions to ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture that will pro­vide eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.

Ap­pli­cants must have an ABN.

Up to $45 mil­lion from the fund has been ear­marked to sup­port tourism re­lated in­fra­struc­ture projects in round three.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Novem­ber 15.

Ap­ply to BBRF at www. busi­ness.gov.au/as­sis­tance/ build­ing-bet­ter-re­gions-fund.

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