Second round of Building Better Regions funds now open

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has urged organisations to apply for Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open for funding to support further job creation and economic growth across the north.

Senator Macdonald said the region had already benefitted from Round One, with more than $14.5million delivered for projects across the two streams.

 “Round one has already seen more than $4million committed for the Hughenden Recreational Lake, $20,000 towards an economic development strategy for the Burke Shire, and $139,000 for a new, all-inclusive playground in Richmond,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “It is projects like these that will support local business and job creation, while also ensuring the needs of local communities are met.”

 The fact BBRF has two streams – Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments – means communities have even more flexibility in developing suitable proposals, Senator Macdonald said.

 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, he 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.”

 Submissions close on 19 December, 2017 for both streams. For more information on the Fund, or to submit an application, visit

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