· Fund supports key community projects in regional and remote communities
· Two projects in Grey will receive a total of $1.72m under the fund’s Infrastructure Projects Stream
Infrastructure projects to be funded in Grey under the first round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund were announced today.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the BBRF would deliver almost $500 million over four years to enhance regional economic growth.
“The fund supports important projects nominated by local communities, which means regions are investing in their own future,” he said.
“I am very pleased with the announcements of two successful projects in Grey in Round 4.”
- $387,337.00 to the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton to establish a Community Wastewater Management Scheme in Orroroo.
- $1.3m to Elliston and Warramboo to ensure reliable landline and 4G services.
“I am pleased with the Elliston announcement which follows extensive meetings I had with the Minister, her department and Telstra searching for a solution to the town’s communications issues,” he said.
“It is also great news the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton has been successful in their application.
“Council CEO Stephen Rufus welcomed the news enthusiastically and said the project demonstrated council’s commitment to providing opportunities for an economic base in Orroroo.
“This project will be hugely advantageous to the town and will assist businesses and essential services such as Dew’s Meats, the caravan park, hotels, hospital, school and aged care facility.
“The investments announced today focus on strengthening communities by improving their prospects for achieving economic growth by boosting productivity and employment opportunities.”
Mr Ramsey said the Building Better Regions Fund has been a great boost for communities in Grey delivering more than $27m across the four rounds.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said that through the fund the Australian Government would provide funding to deliver priority infrastructure projects throughout regional Australia.
“After a competitive merit-based selection process, Australian Government funding has approved two projects in Grey under the BBRF’s Infrastructure Projects Stream,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. Today’s announcement provides just the sort of boost Grey needs to achieve that goal.”
- $387,337.00 to the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton. Council has identified the need to establish a Community Wastewater Management Scheme (CWMS) in Orroroo as part of implementing the Southern Flinders Business and Services Growth Strategy. The development of the CWMS is vital infrastructure for the town with the key focus on assisting businesses and essential services to grow and be sustainable in the long term.
· $1,341,500 – Elliston and Warramboo will receive reliable landline and 4G services. The project would deliver reliable landline and 4G services by upgrading the currently overloaded radio link between Elliston and Warramboo. As an added bonus, it will also improve local ADSL internet services.
Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.
Under the BBRF, the Australian Government will provide almost $500 million over four years, from 2016-17, to foster economic growth in rural, regional, and remote communities.
More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
July 31 2017