Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, says it’s still not too late to apply for a grant from Round Five of the $200 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
“The deadline for ALL applications has now been extended to this Friday 12 March, 2021 at 5pm AEDT”, Mr Joyce said.
The recent impacts of Tropical Cyclone Niran in North Queensland, coupled with technical issues with the Project Mapping Tool (which applicants use to confirm the eligible location of their project), has disadvantaged a number of potential applicants in preparing and lodging their Round Five application. Accordingly, the closing date for submissions has been extended by one week.
Mr Joyce said, under Round Five, $100 million will be allocated for tourism-related infrastructure to get regional communities back on their feet following the drought, bushfires and COVID-19, while $100 million will target broader community infrastructure and investment.
“Our region has already benefited from previous rounds of the BBRF with investments in crucial projects such as the Tamworth Intermodal Activation Plan, Tenterfield Water Treatment Plant Replacement, Gwydir Oval Lighting Replacement and a new centre for Armajun Aboriginal Health Service in Inverell.
“These projects are already driving economic growth in the New England, delivering lasting benefits to our local communities and I’m eager to roll out more developments across the region,” Mr Joyce said.