The Liberal-Nationals Federal Government is continuing to invest in the future of Nicholls with a further $250 million in funding available under Round 6 of the Building Better Regions Fund.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said applications open today, which paves the way for new projects that regional communities need and deserve to be funded and delivered.

Mr Drum is calling on local councils and community organisations to start preparing applications for projects to receive a share in the $250 million that is available nationally.

“The Liberal-Nationals Government is delivering the services and infrastructure our communities deserve,” Mr Drum said.

“Funding projects in regional towns will ensure communities have the facilities they need for the future, while creating jobs now and driving Australia’s economic recovery.

“This Government has a strong track record of delivering projects that are important to regional Australia and I look forward to discussing potential projects with local councils and community groups.

“The Goulburn Valley has benefitted significantly from previous rounds of the BBRF, including funding of more than $8.5 million for the redevelopment of Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall – a project that is well underway and providing employment for local workers.

“Under Round 5 of the BBRF, six projects in Nicholls received a significant financial boost – collectively to the tune of $769,000 – including $300,000 for the Gargarro Regional Botanic Garden and $200,000 for the construction of an alfresco extension and upgrade of internal amenities at Kyabram Parkland Golf Club.

“Another local project to benefit from the BBRF was the Cobram Community Cinema, which received $526,650 funding via Round 3.”

The BBRF supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities – funding the infrastructure and services that communities need for the future will create jobs and help them rebound strongly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding under Round 6 takes the Federal Government’s total BBRF investment to $1.38 billion.

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

“Regional Australians deserve the same services and opportunities that people in metropolitan cities have and the Building Better Regions Fund helps make this happen,” Mr Joyce said.

“That’s why we’ve committed another $250 million for projects and initiatives that will transform communities, create new jobs, and drive economic growth across regional Australia.

“This will build on the 298 fantastic regional projects that shared in $300 million in funding under the last round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“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.”

Local governments and eligible incorporated not-for-profit organisations can again apply for grants of between $5000 and $10 million to cover 50 per cent or more of eligible project costs.

Round 6 projects will be funded under two streams.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.

The Community Investments Stream funds community development activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.

Applications close February 10, 2022.

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