Riverina the place to be with Building Better Regions Funding

DESTINATION Riverina Murray, in conjunction with Regional Development Australia (RDA) Riverina, has received a $25,000 boost towards attracting more tourists to the region thanks to the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream.

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the program was a vital tool to maintain and build the tourism industry in the region.

“We all know what a great place the Riverina is to visit because we live here,” Mr McCormack said.

“But we want to build on that – the entire Riverina region has so much to see and do and so much to offer tourists.

“That is why the Federal Government under the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream has delivered $25,000 toward a $50,000 commitment to help businesses get ready and to enable them to know how best to sell the Riverina-Murray.

“The Nationals are fighting hard in Government and we’re delivering for rural and regional Australia.”

Destination Riverina Murray General Manager Richie Robinson said the funding would help take tourism businesses in the region “to the next level”.

“This funding is an excellent injection into the region’s tourism industry and we’re really pleased that the Building Better Regions Fund has recognised the program we’ve put forward with RDA Riverina to really upskill tourism businesses right across the region,” Mr Robinson said.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Building Better Regions Fund continued to deliver major benefits for rural, regional and remote communities throughout Australia.

“The Community Investment stream of the Building Better Regions Fund is another part of our plan for regional Australia,” Dr McVeigh said.

“It supports community activities from expanded local events and strategic planning to improving leadership and capability.

“Under round two, the Federal Government is investing more than $4 million in over 100 Community Investment stream projects across Australia valued at over $7.3 million.

“This is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs which will beef up local economies.” Dr McVeigh said the Federal Government invested an additional $200 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to deliver another round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“This is another great outcome delivered for regional Australia. The Coalition has a plan to deliver a stronger economy and more jobs and we are focused on getting it done.”

Successful projects for round two of the Infrastructure stream will be announced in the near future.

A full list of successful round two projects under the Community Investment stream are available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf

Fast facts – Building Better Regions Fund community investments stream
$25,000 of a total spend of $50,000 for Destination Riverina Murray Ltd for the Riverina Murray Tourism Accelerator Program. The project will co-ordinate and deliver a business accelerator program targeted at the tourism sector. The leadership program will provide businesses with the methods to enable fast and efficient growth to increase revenue and employment in the region.

Sam Edwards