Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Improved infrastructure to pave the way to better regions

Media Release

MM123/2018

16 July 2018

  • 136 regional projects given the green light under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund—Infrastructure Projects stream.
  • The new and upgraded infrastructure will drive more jobs and deliver a stronger economy to regional and remote communities
  • The projects will share in more than $208 million in funding, with a total project value of $459 million

New and improved infrastructure projects will soon be underway in regional and remote Australia, following today’s announcement the Coalition Government would invest more than $208 million in 136 projects under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund—Infrastructure Projects stream.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the projects would ensure regional and remote communities had the right infrastructure to unlock economic potential, create jobs, and transform regions.

“We are creating new sporting precincts for our young teams to play in, aged care facilities to keep our family members cared for and improved freight access to support our local businesses—these are projects that truly build stronger regional and remote communities,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Successful round two projects will build community pride through reinvigorating town centres and facilities, increase tourism with upgrades to airports and popular regional attractions and boost local economies through the thousands of new jobs to be created once the projects are complete.”

“Over the past week I’ve travelled through five states and have seen first-hand the difference the Building Better Regions Fund is making to the lives of the people in regional and remote communities, whether it’s through the major expansion of the Bedingfeld Park Aged Care facility in Pinjarra, the redevelopment of the Glen Willow Regional Sports Complex in Mudgee or the upgrade to Mount Gambier’s airport.

“The Coalition Government is getting it done, backing regional Australia by making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Dr McVeigh said the Liberal Nationals Government committed a further $200 million in the 2018 budget to deliver a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund—which will ensure even more communities can benefit from our ongoing commitment to regional and remote Australia.

Applications for the third round of funding are expected to open in coming months.

A full list of successful round two Building Better Regions Fund projects is available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf