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

National Stronger Regions Fund Round Three

Media Release

FN071/2016

07 October 2016

The Federal Coalition Government will invest more than $126 million into 67 successful projects worth a total of $462 million, under the third and final round of the National Stronger Regions Fund, Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Nationals Leader Fiona Nash said today.

“The Coalition's investment of more than $126 million will make 67 projects worth a total of $462 million a reality,” Minister Nash said.

“This fund has spurred serious investment across the nation—investment which would not have happened without the NSRF.

“We're building tourism, water and transport projects as well as cultural, sporting and healthcare facilities. Projects all over Australia are benefiting from the Coalition's injection of funding.

“Projects like the Dubbo airport upgrade are a real shot in the arm to the western and Orana regions of NSW. The Coalition's $6.6 million into a $17.5 million project will pay off in spades.

“I'm proud of projects like the Logan Autism Centre of Excellence. The Coalition Government will invest nearly $1 million to deliver state-of-the-art support facilities for high-needs autistic children and provide critical early intervention services for children and their families, including to help prepare them for school.”

“Naturally, with 479 applications, there are many more applicants who miss out than win funding. However, a specialist within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will give tailored feedback on unsuccessful applications.”

Minister Nash said the Government was currently developing guidelines for a new regional fund, to be known as the Building Better Regions Fund, with the first round expected to open late this year.

“The Building Better Regions Fund will focus exclusively on areas outside of major capital cities,” Minister Nash said.

“A new community investment stream will be added to help build rural, regional and remote communities. Further, projects will compete against other projects of similar size—small community applications will not be judged against huge infrastructure projects.

“The details of the new Building Better Regions Fund will be announced in coming months.”

A full list of successful round three National Stronger Regions Fund projects is now available at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/index.aspx