Wide Bay Burnett Regional Jobs and Investment Package open for applications 31 May

Media Release

FN079/2017

25 May 2017

Joint release with:

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Llew O'Brien

Federal Member for Wide Bay

Keith Pitt

Federal Member for Hinkler

  • Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt announced that the grants round for Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Local Planning Committee for their hard work. Their plan is based on local knowledge of the Wide Bay Burnett region.

“The Wide Bay Burnett Local Investment Plan will ensure that projects funded align with local priorities.

“This is a great opportunity for the communities of the Wide Bay Burnett 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.”

Mr O'Brien said the opening of applications for the Wide Bay Burnett Jobs and Investment Package represents the delivery of a key election commitment.

“The Wide Bay Burnett Region has a historically high unemployment rate, which this program is designed to tackle,” Mr O'Brien said. 

“This program targets funding to where jobs are created, to business and organisations to invest in projects to grow and boost jobs.

“Now that the Local Investment Plan is done, applications from the Wide Bay Burnett region can roll in, including from businesses who can apply to the Business Innovation stream.”

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 Wide Bay Burnett to create more jobs, and I look forward to seeing what applications are put forward,” said Mr O'Dowd.

Mr Pitt 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 Wide Bay Burnett region with a much-needed $20 million shot in the arm,” Mr Pitt 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 Wide Bay Burnett visit the Regional Jobs and Investment Package website.