Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Backing better regions with $300 million

$300 million will support 298 local infrastructure and community projects under the fifth round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The fifth round of BBRF includes $125 million in funding dedicated for 81 projects, with a total project value of $236 million, that will bolster regional tourism to further support social and economic outcomes in regions as they rebuild post COVID.

In total, these projects will support an estimated 9,900 jobs throughout regional Australia, strengthening our regional economies and providing a much-needed boost to local communities.

This latest round will fund projects including:

  • New art galleries and museums that provide vital social and cultural experiences or shine a light on local talent, encouraging tourism and visitation to the regions.
  • Sporting precincts, aquatic centres and health facilities, helping families stay active and allowing locals to try new activities as well as bringing inter-regional sporting competitions which will benefit accommodation and tourism service providers.
  • Community hall and facilities upgrades, helping towns continue to meet, work together and access key amenities in their own patch.
  • Upgrades to regional water supplies, future proofing the availability and quality of water in rural and regional Australia.
  • Extensions to botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, and art trails to create popular attractions within regional communities for locals and visitors alike.

The Government has invested a total of $1.38 billion over all five rounds of the BBRF, which has already delivered hundreds of projects that ensure our regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

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