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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Even better regions on the way with funding for 330 new regional projects

Media Release

MM061/2019

10 March 2019

Joint release with:

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Senator for South Australia

Regional communities throughout Australia will benefit from 330 new infrastructure projects and community initiatives, as part of a $204.3 million investment under Round 3 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government’s investment will help ensure regional Australia remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.

“We have seen fantastic outcomes from the first two rounds of the BBRF and today’s announcement continues that trend with the funding for important infrastructure projects such as the new Rockhampton Art Gallery and the development of the Armstrong Village Integrated Aged Care Complex in Dunsborough,” Mr McCormack said.

“These infrastructure projects will be delivered along with community-building initiatives such as the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Shepparton and the Naracoorte World Heritage Festival and Fun Run.

“These projects will help build local economies and drive job creation, with more than 13,000 jobs to be supported throughout regional Australia, delivering career pathways and enabling people to stay in the communities they grew up in.

“It is projects such as these that ensure our regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term and I look forward to seeing these high-quality projects transform their local towns and communities and unlock regional Australia’s economic potential.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said this round will provide more than $70 million for building tourism infrastructure in regional Australia, providing a huge boost to the many regional economies that rely on tourism.

“Tourism is such a vital industry for many regional areas with forty-three cents in every tourism dollar now spent in regional Australia,” Mr Birmingham said.

“Tourism infrastructure projects such as the completion of the Great Valley Trail between Bright and Harrietville and the new Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge received funding in this round, enabling these communities to seize tourism opportunities and take full advantage of everything their regions have to offer.

“We promised this fund would support at least $45 million in tourism infrastructure projects but thanks to the high calibre of those who applied we are dramatically exceeding this, with tourism infrastructure across Australia receiving a $70 million boost.

“Through the BBRF, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing its long-standing commitment to regional Australia by making vital local projects a reality, creating more jobs and driving economic development across our regional communities.”

For a full list of successful projects, please visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf.