Kennedy councils urged to apply for Infrastructure grants


Northern-based Coalition Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging councils across Kennedy to nominate projects that may be eligible for funding as part of Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

 This $1billion programme, open now for local governments and not-for-profit groups, is designed specifically to stimulate local economies by funding vital infrastructure projects in rural and disadvantaged regional areas.

 Senator Macdonald said he will be writing to each of the Mayors across the Kennedy electorate to encourage them to identify suitable projects for funding.

 This is exactly the sort of investment in significant infrastructure that we need to help drive the growth of Northern Australia,” Senator Macdonald said.

 In the most recent round of funding (Round Two), councils in Kennedy shared in close to $12 million for important infrastructure works including $2million for the installation of fibre optic cable between Doomadgee and Burketown, a $1million upgrade at Millstream, a $3.5million aquatic facility at Mission Beach, and $5million for the upgrade of Mareeba airport.

 Funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis. For Round Three, applicants classified as remote and very remote must contribute at least one dollar for every three dollars of NSRF funding sought.

 Applications for Round Three close on March 15, 2016. Further information about the programme and application process is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.

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