Bowen Basin Regional Jobs and Investment Package open for applications 31 May

Media Release

FN072/2017

19 May 2017

Joint release with:

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

  • Bowen Basin Local Investment Plan approved.
  • Grant round opens 31 May.
  • Funding for local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash together with the Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen announced that the grants round for the Bowen Basin Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) will open for applications on 31 May, following the publication of the committee's Local Investment Plan.

“I thank the Bowen Basin Local Planning Committee for their hard work. Their plan is based on local knowledge of the Bowen Basin region.

“The Bowen Basin's Local Investment Plan will ensure that projects funded align with local priorities.

“This is a great opportunity for the communities of the Bowen Basin to submit applications for key projects that will boost the local economy and create jobs,” said Minister Nash.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in sustainable local jobs does just that.”

Ms Landry said the Local Planning Committee has developed a Local Investment Plan that will create sustainable jobs for the future in Bowen Basin.

“Now that the Local Investment Plan is done, applications from the Bowen Basin region can roll in, including from businesses who can apply to the Business Innovation stream,” said Ms Landry.

Mr O'Dowd said the Coalition Government's aim is to create more jobs and export opportunities.

“We aim to harness the broad range of skills in the Bowen Basin to create more jobs, and I look forward to seeing what applications are put forward,” said Mr O'Dowd.

Mr Christensen said the Coalition invests in regional Australia because the Coalition understands the cities cannot exist without our regions, which supply cities their water, food, electricity and gas.

“This will provide the Bowen Basin region with a much-needed $30 million shot in the arm,” Mr Christensen said.

Funding will be available across three streams: Local Infrastructure, Business Innovation and Skills and Training, with the round opening for applications on 31 May.

For more information and to read more about the Local Investment Plan for Bowen Basin visit the Regional Jobs and Investment Package website.