Cassowary Coast receives funding boost

A plan to support events and activities around the Tully River has received a substantial boost, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund.


Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the funding for Cassowary Coast Council’s proposal, which aims to identify opportunities to create recreational activities around the Tully River.


“I am delighted to see the Cassowary Coast Regional Council secure funding from the Building Better Regions Fund for a detailed investigation into the viability of developing recreational activities around the Tully River at Cardstone,” Senator Macdonald said.


“It will be a real boost for the region, helping drive local tourism and supporting additional employment opportunities, as well showcasing the unique natural beauty of the area.”


Senator Macdonald said the Building Better Regions Fund was critical to ensure local community investment projects in regional Australia were realised.


“Without this funding support, projects like this one simply can’t proceed, which is why the Coalition Government is investing $500million to foster economic growth in rural, regional and remote communities.”


Across the north, more than $500,000 has been committed for nine projects, including a music and cultural festival on Palm Island, a Beef expo, regional waste strategy and business plan for an indigenous tourism project in the north-west, an urban art project in the far north, and a rodeo Hall of Fame in Mount Isa.


Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream was investing $6.9million in community projects throughout regional Australia.


“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. These projects will help achieve that.”


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