Six projects in the electorate of Nicholls will receive a significant financial boost – collectively to the tune of $769,000 – via round five of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said he was delighted the investments were spread across the electorate and ranged from the further development of a community-driven botanic garden to pop-up exhibitions in empty shops during next year’s Shepparton Festival.

The recipients are:

  • Gargarro Regional Botanic Garden: $300,000 for the construction of key garden features.
  • Kyabram Parkland Golf Club: $200,000 for the construction of an alfresco extension and the upgrade of internal amenities.
  • Greater Shepparton City Council: $176,500 for opening weekend celebrations of the new $50 million Shepparton Art Museum.
  • Mitchell Shire Council: $37,500 for the installation of a ventilation and insulation system in the Kings Park exhibition building.
  • Shepparton Arts Festival: $35,000 to help transform 10 empty shops in the Shepparton CBD into pop-up exhibitions and workshop spaces for one month during the 2022 Shepparton Festival.
  • Petaurus Education Group: $20,000 for the development of an engagement strategy for eco and cultural tourism in the Strathbogie Shire, as well as a community festival and a youth gala day.

Mr Drum said the Federal Government’s investment would deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the region.

“I have worked closely with local councils and community groups – we are backing these projects so local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost our economic recovery,” Mr Drum said.

“Once completed, the Gargarro Regional Botanic Garden will be a tremendous community asset that will draw visitors from far and wide, so I’m pleased we can contribute a further $300,000 following federal funding of $813,925 via the recent Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

“The arts sector has been hit particularly hard by COVID and I’m excited that a number of empty shops will be filled during next year’s Shepparton Festival by up and coming artists and budding entrepreneurs, adding another layer of atmosphere to what is already a fantastic celebration.

“The impact of the BBRF is clear for all to see, with the redevelopment of Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall set to commence following an $8.5 million investment in round four, and I’m pleased our government will deliver an additional $250 million in a sixth round of the BBRF this financial year.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the Federal Government was focused on ensuring our regions remain strong.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to work hard on behalf of Australians living in regional and remote communities,” Mr Joyce said.

“That’s why we’ve committed an additional $100 million under this latest round to take total funding to almost $300 million.

“The additional funding is supporting more projects, more jobs, and creating more economic opportunities in our regions to boost their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and funding for the six projects in Nicholls is a testament to the dedication of Damian Drum.

“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest round will ensure our regions remain great places to live and visit, while helping support important regional industries that create jobs.

“Our government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead.”

Under round five of the BBRF, the Federal Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create almost 10,000 jobs during the period.

This latest funding round takes total BBRF support to $1.38 billion across nearly 1300 projects.

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