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Second round of the Building Better Regions Fund open

·         Applications now open for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund Round Two

·         Two streams available: Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments

·         Applications close on 19 December 2017


Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey 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 Ramsey said the region had already benefitted from Round One, with $1.728m delivered toward projects in Elliston and Orroroo and more than $230,000 for seven projects in the Community Investment Stream.  “This program and its predecessors have been terrific for Grey delivering more than $30m over the last four years.”


“Round One funded the Elliston fibre optic project delivering reliable communications to the town while in Orroroo the project will deliver a much-needed wastewater system to the town”, Mr Ramsey said. “It is projects like this 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.”


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, 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

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