Building Better Regions Fund opens for applications from the Parkes electorate

Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester. Mr Coulton said the Building Better Regions Fund is designed to back projects that create further investment in the community. Photo contributed.
Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester. Mr Coulton said the Building Better Regions Fund is designed to back projects that create further investment in the community. Photo contributed.

Community organisations in the federal electorate of Parkes have the opportunity to bid for funding for projects to support further job creation and economic growth.

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund is open for applications until December 19.

Parkes MP Mark Coulton said the electorate had already benefitted from the first round of the program, with $3,052,450 delivered toward four projects.

The first round provided $181,450 to the Tottenham Pool Multipurpose Facility Project, among the recipients, he said.

The Trangie Community Connection Incorporated received $176,000 to help develop a respite centre, which will drive both economic activity and social improvement in the township, he said.

“It is projects like these that will support local businesses and job creation, while also ensuring the needs of the community are met,” Mr Coulton said.

“The fact BBRF has two streams - Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments – means communities have even more flexibility in developing proposals. 

“With submissions closing on 19 December 2017 for both streams, I encourage all eligible organisations to get their application in.”

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said the fund was designed to back projects that created further investment in the community.

“Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community,” Mr Chester said.

“Infrastructure investment, and planning and capability building are significant to improving outcomes in a community. A clearly articulated regional aged care strategy, for instance, can have as big an impact on residents as building a new aged care facility in a single town.

“When combined, both streams will encourage job creation and economic growth and encourage social cohesion across Australia”.

For more information on the fund, or to submit an application, visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund