Communities across our region are invited to apply for a share in $200 million under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent said the projects delivered under Round 3 will ensure regional and remote communities continue to thrive.

“We have had fantastic outcomes over the first two funding rounds of the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and I expect Round 3 to deliver more of the same with up to $45 million earmarked to increase tourism,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Tourism is a major industry in many of our regional areas, but in particular ours, with Walhalla and Mount Baw Baw in the north and Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region through to Wilsons Promontory in the south.

“This investment in tourism-related infrastructure projects will draw more visitors to remote and regional Australia and the economic benefits they bring with them.

“In this third round we are investing a further $200 million – a clear indication of the Government’s commitment to investing in projects that create jobs, build regional economies and ensure strong and resilient regional communities into the future.

“I would encourage our communities in the region to take advantage of the fund and get local infrastructure and community-building projects of all sizes off the ground.

“This fund is dedicated to unlocking the economic potential in remote and regional Australia and I encourage all eligible organisations with a great project idea to apply for the third round of funding..

“Our region has already benefited from rounds one and two of the Building Better Regions Fund with Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club receiving funding towards the rebuild of their club house and a new early learning centre located at the Warragul Primary School,” Mr Broadbent said.

Applications opened on 27 September 2018 and close on 15 November 2018.

Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bbrf.