By Neesha Sinnya
Communities in the Maranoa region are being encouraged to apply for funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Maranoa MP David Littleproud, says that the initiative will help to kick start the new year by offering support to community driven projects at a time where it is most needed. 2020 was a challenging year for the community, with bushfires, drought and the effects of COVID-19 felt across many sectors.
“This round of funding includes $100 million in dedicated funding for tourism-related infrastructure boosting our regional tourism recovery, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment”.
“Maranoa plays an integral role in our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and I encourage communities in our region to apply for both the community investments stream and the infrastructure projects stream to enhance our community facilities, create much needed jobs and encourage community cohesion through this time,” said Mr Littleproud.
The region has benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in projects including the Dalby Cultural Precinct Upgrade, the Kingaroy Transformation Project and the St George Library Hub.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said that the first four rounds of the BBRF funding were highly competitive with more than 3200 applications received. A total of $841.6 million was approved for the funding of 995 projects.
“2020 highlighted just how strong our regions are, with communities and industries working to overcome many challenges to continue to grow,” said Mr McCormack.
McCormack said that the Australian Government is proud to be supporting regional communities through the BBRF, particularly in regions that rely on domestic and international tourism.
“This is why I encourage all eligible applicants to apply for funding to ensure the lifeblood of this nation – our regions – continue building strong communities for the future,” said Mr McCormack.
Applications are now open and can be submitted through the online portal at www.business.gov.au/bbrf.
Applications close on 5 March 2021, with successful applicants announced in mid-2021.