Drought focus for popular development fund

Drought focus for popular development fund

The latest $200 million round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is dedicated to helping communities hardest hit by the current drought.

Local MP Sussan Ley urged areas across her electorate to take advantage of the fund, to help develop important local infrastructure and community-building projects.

“From the moment he became Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made drought and assistance for drought-affected regions across the country a key priority.”

“For the many areas of Farrer which are doing it tough, this latest BBRF round is a really important opportunity to unlock the economic potential of a project or idea which otherwise might not get off the ground.”

“A number of concepts across our region have benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF, funding developments and events which are already delivering lasting economic and social benefits to local communities.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development Michael McCormack said communities across the country are suffering from the effects of this prolonged dry-spell and this extra funding will help get local projects and infrastructure work under way.

“The BBRF is a central plank of our commitment to supporting stronger regions, supporting local jobs by investing in ‘shovel-ready’ projects across regional Australia.”

“The first three rounds of BBRF were highly competitive with more than 2,600 applications received and 832 projects funded, totalling just over $643 million.”

Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available here – applications close on 19 December 2019.