An upgrade of Ky Fauna Park’s reptile house and visitor facilities, the redevelopment of Tatura Library, a walking trail linking Yarrawonga to Cobram, and a “glamping” pilot program led by the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Corporation are among nine projects across the Nicholls electorate that will share in more than $2.8 million of Federal Government funding.

The funding, via the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program, will help diversify local economies, create jobs and build stronger communities – all things that have never been more important amid the economic fallout from COVID-19.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, and the Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, congratulated each of the recipients for the diversity of successful projects (please see below for full list).

Mr Drum said the projects would attract more tourists, build more businesses and create more jobs.
“Diversification is more than a buzz word when you look through the projects receiving funding in our region,” Mr Drum said.

“The projects will increase our self-reliance when it comes to fodder, develop educational glamping opportunities, and build our expertise when it comes to breeding and conservation of reptiles.

“It just shows the breadth of good ideas our communities have to secure prosperous futures for themselves.

“The Federal Government is getting behind these ideas and I congratulate all successful applicants for generating innovative and practical projects that will have an enduring positive impact for our communities.”

Mr Pitt said local communities were best placed to identify the support they needed to lift economic activity, attract jobs and build community resilience to overcome the negative effects water recovery has had on main streets and business turnover in recent years.

“These Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program grants are about helping rural and regional communities that are on the backfoot because of historic water recovery,” Mr Pitt said.

“This second round of grants, valued at $15 million, is even more important given the effects drought, bushfires, and now COVID-19 are having on our communities.”

Successful projects in Nicholls:


Barooga Sports Club*

$300,000 Cobram Barooga Golf Club Entertainment Driving Range

To create a technology-based driving range, multi-use outdoor covered space, relocation of several greens to enhanced user experience and function opportunities.


Moira Shire

$617,950 Yarrawonga to Burramine Cycling and Walking Trail: To start the construction of the Murray River Adventure Trail linking Yarrawonga to Cobram, creating jobs during the delivery phase.
Cobram, Shepparton Irrigation Area, Kyabram-Tatura, Pyramid Hill-Boort

Murray Dairy Limited*

$803,975 Fodder for the Future

To develop ‘closed loop’ fodder production systems across the southern Basin and to encourage cross-sectoral collaboration.


Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation

$100,000 Tatura Library Redevelopment Fitout: To redevelop the Tatura Library to include access to government services, meeting rooms as well as library facilities.

Campaspe Shire Council

$183,211 Stanhope Ready to Go & Grow

To fund a series of ‘Stanhope Ready to Go and Grow’ plans and activities that will include a brand for Stanhope and a local festival.


Campaspe Shire Council

$550,000 Kickstart Kyabram Fauna Park: To upgrade the Kyabram Fauna Park visitor facilities and the reptile house to generate jobs in breeding and conservation, creating ongoing jobs.
Pyramid Hill-Boort*

Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service*

$45,000 SunRCS Business Plus

To deliver a program to enable participants to start, build and grow business and community initiatives.

Shepparton Irrigation Area, Kyabram-Tatura

Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

$125,500 Yorta Cultural Immersion Program and Glamping Accommodation Pilot: To pilot and plan for an education-linked cultural immersion program including glamping accommodation.
Shepparton Irrigation Area

Outback Academy Australia Limited*

$138,750 Follow the Flowers: Aboriginal Cooperative Business for the Murray Corridor

To establish a cooperative business for honey, wildflowers, botanicals and food, linked to tourism, and creating jobs during the delivery phase with lasting tourism opportunities.

TOTAL $2,864,386  


* The community areas for this program are uniquely defined and some projects span multiple communities and electorates.

The community of Pyramid Hill-Boort also spans across both the Victorian electorate of Mallee, and the communities of Cullulleraine, Kerang-Cohuna and Swan Hill span across the electorates of Farrer (New South Wales) and Mallee (Victoria).

The Barooga Sports Club project will also provide economic benefits to the electorate of Farrer (NSW).

The Murray Dairy Limited and Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service projects also span across the electorates of Farrer (NSW) and Mallee (Victoria).

The Outback Academy Australia Limited project also spans across the electorates of Farrer (NSW), Mallee (Victoria), and Barker (SA).

The funding for these projects has also been split between communities and the relevant portions included in this electorate table.


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