Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, has welcomed the release of guidelines for Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund and encouraged communities across the Nicholls electorate to apply after what has been an especially tough year with bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Federal Government is here for our communities, we have the funding and we are ready to support them for as long as it takes through dedicated initiatives such as the BBRF,” Mr Drum said.

“Throughout rural and regional Australia, we have $100 million of targeted support for tourism-related infrastructure to get regional tourism back on its feet, while maintaining $100 million for broader community infrastructure and investment.

“Our region has benefited significantly from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in crucial projects, driving economic growth in Nicholls and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the launch of the program guidelines meant prospective applicants could now begin planning their project applications for assessment.

“The Federal Government is supporting regional communities across the nation with a particular focus in this round on regional tourism,” Mr McCormack said.

“This funding will create jobs and drive economic growth in our rural and remote communities at a time it is needed most.”

The guidelines have now been released and can be found here. These will assist local proponents to now start developing their applications.

Applications open on January 12 and close March 5. Successful applicants are expected to be announced in mid-2021.


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