Applications now open for Building Better Regions Fund Round Two

ANOTHER round of a Federal Government fund that delivered more than $4.6 million to the Riverina and Central West earlier this year has opened, the Nationals’ Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, has announced.

Mr McCormack said the Building Better Regions Fund sees regional communities partner with the Liberals and Nationals’ Government to deliver projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

“In round one of the Building Better Regions Fund I worked hard to deliver $3.5 million for Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s proposed new sewage treatment plant, $950,000 to help Weddin Shire Council build a medical centre at Grenfell and $210,000 to allow House With No Steps to move its Aussie Biscuits factory at Forbes into a new premises,” Mr McCormack said.

“Projects supported by the Building Better Regions Fund not only deliver badly needed infrastructure that enrich and strengthen country communities, they also create real and lasting jobs, which is what the Liberals and Nationals in Government are all about,” Mr McCormack said.

“I was really proud of the projects that received funding in the first round of the Building Better Regions Fund and I am looking forward to communities in the Riverina and Central West coming up with a large number of exciting projects to be considered for funding in the second round.”

The Acting Minister for Regional Development, Darren Chester, said the Building Better Regions Fund would deliver almost $500 million in region economic growth to 2020-21.

“The Building Better Regions Fund helps address the challenges regional, rural and remote communities face,” Mr Chester said.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project would drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community.

Submissions for round two of the Building Better Regions Fund close on 19 December, 2017.

The minimum grant amount is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million.

Projects must be a capital project involving the construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or an extension of existing infrastructure.

For more information about the fund, or to submit an application, visit

More information is also available by telephoning Mr McCormack’s Wagga Wagga office on (02) 6921 4600.

Ken Grimson