Federal Member for Baker Tony Pasin has urged organisations to apply for Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications now open for funding to support further job creation and economic growth in regional and rural Australia.Mr Pasin said the electorate of Barker had already benefitted from Round One, with over $7.7 million delivered toward11 projects across the two streams.

“Round One has provided organisations such as councils, tourism bodies, industry groups, non-for-profits and community clubs with the ability to build projects, and deliver economic and social benefit for their community,” Mr Pasin said.

“It is projects like those delivered in round one that will support local businesses and job creation, while also ensuring the needs of the community are met.”

“The fact BBRF has two streams – Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments – means communities have even more flexibility in developing proposals.  With submissions closing on 19 December 2017 for both streams, I encourage all eligible organisations to get their application in,” said Mr Pasin.

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said BBRF was designed to back projects that create further investment in the community.

“Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community,” Mr Chester said.

“Infrastructure investment, and planning and capability building are significant to improving outcomes in a community. A clearly articulated regional aged care strategy, for instance, can have as big an impact on residents as building a new aged care facility in a single town.”

“When combined, both streams will encourage job creation, economic growth, and encourage social cohesion across Australia.”

For more information on the Fund, or to submit an application, visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund


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