Woodburn foreshore redevelopment gets green light under Building Better Regions Fund

Media Release

FN131/2017

03 August 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

  • Funding for Woodburn Riverside Precinct project to be delivered under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)
  • Project will receive $700,000 under BBRF
  • Project will improve foreshore amenities and deliver short and long-term jobs

A modern foreshore precinct in Woodburn is set to become a reality with funding secured under the first round of the Australian Government's new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Making the announcement in Woodburn today Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan MP with Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new function centre, jetty and pontoon will allow for the expansion of river based sporting and recreational opportunities, including new regional, state and higher level water skiing competitions.

“The new function centre will provide a modern space where community groups and individuals can gather to celebrate a family occasion or simply enjoy the view of the on-water events from the open-style terrace,” Mr Hogan said.

“In what is a major boost for the regional economy, this project will create 5 jobs during construction and another 58 ongoing jobs of which three will be identified as indigenous jobs.”

Minister Nash said the Woodburn Riverside Precinct project will transform the town's foreshore into a major tourist attraction and gateway to the Northern Rivers region.

“The revitalised foreshore will generate tourism and draw locals and visitors to Woodburn for years to come, while delivering in the short term through the creation of a significant number of local jobs,” Minister Nash said.

“I congratulate the Woodburn community on their successful application.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing essential community infrastructure does just that.”

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We've got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au,” Minister Nash said.

The project is being jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $700,000 under the BBRF and the Richmond Valley Council contributing $700,000.

Through its Building Better Regions Fund, the Coalition Government will invest almost $500 million to foster economic growth in rural, regional, and remote communities.  

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year. 

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: business.gov.au/bbrf.