Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent 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 Broadbent said the region had already benefited from Round One, with $900,000 going toward the Bunyip Recreation Reserve Community Soccer Pavilion.

“It is projects like this that will support local businesses and job creation, while also ensuring the needs of the community are met,” he said.

“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, and 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 https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund