Region wants your big ideas
THE highly anticipated Regional Growth Fund is officially open for applications and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is calling for big ideas from the community to help shape the future of the region.
Ms Landry said the $272 million Regional Growth Fund was designed to support major projects in regional, rural and remote areas that would deliver local long-term economic benefits.
"This is an exciting program that is set to deliver major projects over $20 million that take advantage of the region's natural economic strengths,” Ms Landry said
"The Regional Growth Fund will support additional investment for sustainable economic growth, including from the private sector, other levels of government and not-for-profit organisations.
"Initial applications close on April 27, 2018, and I encourage everyone eligible in our community to look at the program guidelines and get started on an application.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh, who launched the guidelines in Toowoomba, said the Coalition Government would invest a minimum of $10 million towards each successful infrastructure project, representing a maximum of 50 per cent of project costs.
"The Regional Growth Fund will be a game-changer across Australia by unlocking government funding for projects that have the capacity to transform regional areas,” Dr McVeigh said.
"Successful projects will provide greater support for existing industries such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, allowing them to innovate and flourish.
"The Regional Growth Fund is an open invitation to everyone eligible who believes in regional and remote Australia to partner with the Coalition Government to support positive change for the future.
"I look forward to working together with local organisations to deliver more jobs and more opportunities across regional Australia.”
For inquiries on the program, including the application process, visit www.grants.gov.au.