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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Regional Recovery Partnerships

The Australian Government has committed $100 million to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships to coordinate investments with all levels of government and to support recovery and growth in 10 regions across Australia, delivering jobs and economic diversification.

The 10 regions are:

  • (NSW) The Snowy Mountains; Hunter and Newcastle; and Parkes Regions
  • (QLD) Cairns and Tropical North Queensland; Gladstone; and Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regions
  • (TAS) all of Tasmania
  • (VIC) Gippsland Region
  • (SA) Kangaroo Island, and
  • (WA) South West Region.

The aim of Partnerships is to build relationships, draw on existing technical expertise and increase the flow of information between Commonwealth agencies and programs and other levels of government. To deliver on these objectives, the Australian Government has consulted with state and local governments, industry, local development and community organisations on priority projects. This brokering role creates opportunities for robust and relevant information sharing between the Commonwealth and other levels of government to assist with, or complement, the delivery of existing investments and projects to boost economic and jobs growth in regional Australia.

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over 2020–22 to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships. Through this program the Australian Government has prioritised investment in regional projects that contribute to economic diversification of the region or increase long term employment and business outcomes, have a tangible expected impact and support economic recovery and economic growth in each of the Partnership locations.

Project announcements

Gippsland

On 12 April 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack and the Hon Darren Chester MP, Federal Member for Gippsland announced Australian Government funding of $7 million to support five East Gippsland community-based projects to boost the regional economy. The projects are listed below.

  • Krautungalung Walk Lakes Entrance (Stage 1)
    Australian Government commitment of $2.2 million for the design and construction for stage 1 of a planned 4.5 km, all-abilities boardwalk and concrete path circuit seeking to link existing infrastructure and tell the story of the Traditional Owners.
  • East Gippsland Rail Trail
    Australian Government commitment of $2 million to upgrade the trail to improve safety and the experience of cyclists and walkers and drive future growth in the visitor economy.
  • Slip Road Paynesville Upgrades
    Australian Government commitment of $1 million for the construction of Stage 1 of an upgrade to the Slip Road Maritime Precinct in Paynesville including a new sea-wall, boardwalks, amenity block improvements, landscaping and car parking, additional boat ramp and additional jetties to promote Paynesville as a year-round tourism destination.
  • Forest Park Orbost Upgrades
    Australian Government commitment of $1.3 million to revitalise and modernise Forest Park recreation area and gateway to the East Gippsland Rail Trail by providing a new toilet and amenities block, increased parking, a playground and picnic area to encourage visitors to stay in the region.
  • Koala Discovery and Rehabilitation on Raymond Island
    Australian Government commitment of $0.5m to enhance the visitor experience and protect koalas in the area through creation of supporting infrastructure, interpretive material and habitat restoration.

On 5 May 2021, the Federal Member for Gippsland, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced a further $3 million in Australian Government funding to two further projects, Mallacoota streetscape and Kalimna Lookout, in the region.

  • Mallacoota streetscape
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to redevelop and enhance the town centre of Mallacoota to support bushfire recovery.
  • Kalimna Lookout
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to develop an all abilities accessible viewing platform to support the visitor economy.

Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

On 17 April 2021, the Hon Warren Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt announced $10 million in Australian Government funding to the:

  • Cairns Gallery Precinct project
    Australian Government commitment of $10 million towards the transformation and connection of three heritage listed buildings within the Cairns Gallery Precinct. The precinct will focus on celebrating and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

Gladstone

On 4 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack and Mr Ken O'Dowd MP, Federal Member for Flynn announced Australian Government funding of $10 million to two projects in this region.

  • Central Queensland Renewable Hydrogen Ecosystem Development
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million for a pilot project to establish a consortium to test both technology and the integration of technology with supply chains, providing advice about renewable hydrogen's potential pathways.
  • Auckland Hill Economic Development
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million to support the continued creation of a waterfront precinct (East Shores) at the Gladstone Port. Project funds will be used to develop disability friendly walkways to a redeveloped lookout, and to construct community infrastructure and facilities.

Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday

On 5 May 2021, Michelle Landry MP, Federal Member for Capricornia announced $3.2 million in Australian Government funding for this region.

  • Clermont Saleyards and Showgrounds Revitalisation
    Australian Government commitment of $3.279 million to support the redevelopment of the Clermont Saleyards and Showgrounds to increase the capacity of the facility to service the sale demands of the region.

On 19 May 2021, George Christensen MP, Federal Member for Dawson announced a further $6.7 million in Australian Government funding for this region, bringing the total funding for the region to $10 million.

  • Biocommodities Pilot Plant Expansion
    Australian Government commitment of $5.221 million to support Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) development of regional bio-manufacturing industries to enhance the region's capability in biomass processing, fermentation, separation and product development technologies.
  • Aquaculture and Agriculture Tech Skills Hub
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to provide design and development of ag-tech programs aligned to industry requirements.

South West (Western Australia)

On 8 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack and the Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories jointly announced Australian Government funding of almost $10 million for three projects in the South West region:

  • Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) Compost Facility
    Australian Government commitment of $6 million for the construction of an organics composting facility that will enable the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council to upscale its established composting operation and increase production volumes of its Australian-standard organic product.
  • Nannup Cycle Trail Network
    Australian Government commitment of $2.86 million to transform the town of Nannup into a Trail Town that will attract a wide variety of trail users, visitors and investors to the region through investment in bike trails and related infrastructure.
  • Manjimup Trail Bike Hub
    Australian Government commitment of $0.98 million to position Manjimup as the centre for trail bike riding in Western Australia through new trail development, new tourism experiences and marketing activities.

Parkes

On 31 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes and the Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories jointly announced Australian Government funding of $10 million for three projects in the NSW Central West region:

  • Stage 2 Parkes Water Security Project
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million to deliver two new pump stations and a solar supporting system that are critical components of the Parkes Water Security project.
  • Central West Industrial Park Part 1 of Stage 2
    Australian Government commitment of $4 million for the construction of a significant portion of drainage works and associated road works to deliver land lots with basic infrastructure ready for use by interested businesses.
  • Lake Cargelligo Tourism Activation Project
    Australian Government commitment of $1 million to activate the Lake Cargelligo town centre with new infrastructure and facilities to service tourists and residents alike.

Snowy Mountains

On 10 June 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack announced $10 million for one project in the Snowy Mountains region:

  • Snowies Iconic Walk Stage 4
    Australian Government commitment of $10 million for the completion of Stage 4 of the Snowies Iconic Walk, a world class 55km multi-day walk experience, to connect the first three stages to further accommodation and transport connections and promote tourism in the region.

Tasmania

On 25 November 2021, the Hon Gavin Pearce MP, Federal Member for Braddon, and the Hon Roger Jaensch MP, Member for Braddon announced $6 million in Australian Government funding for this region.

  • Dulverton Organics Transformation—waste management
    Australian Government commitment of $6 million for the construction of a purpose-built organic waste processing facility to service industry sectors and domestic households in the North West Tasmanian region.

On 10 December 2021, the Hon Gavin Pearce, Federal Member for Braddon, and the Hon Roger Jaensch MP, Member for Braddon, announced a further $2 million in Australian Government funding for this region.

  • Strahan Waterfront
    Australian Government commitment of $2 million for the creation of a modern, safe port precinct to increase the space for locals and tourists, and expand the tourism and aquaculture industries.

On 16 March 2022, the Hon Gavin Pearce MP, Federal Member for Braddon, announced a further $1.5 million in Australian Government funding for this region

  • Devonport Sound and Light Show
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to create a unique and immersive light and sound show that showcases Tasmania's landscapes. It will employ Tasmanian artists and musicians to create a night time attraction to encourage visitors to stay overnight in the city. It will support the growth of tourism, hospitality and the local art industry.

Further announcements are forthcoming for this region.

Kangaroo Island

On 24 October 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce, Rebekha Sharkie MP, Federal Member for Mayo, the Hon David Basham MP, SA Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Hon David Speirs MP, SA Minister for Environment and Water jointly announced $15.5 million for three projects on Kangaroo Island. The Australian Government has committed $10 million to these projects, with the South Australian Government contributing $5.5 million.

  • Kangaroo Island Workforce Accommodation
    The Australian Government has committed $5 million for the construction of self-contained, short-term workforce accommodation units to address the current challenges the island faces in housing critical workers, particularly emergency responders and visiting health specialists. The new facility will provide centralised accommodation, co-located with the Island's health service.
  • Cape Willoughby Visitor Experience Hub and Stage 1 East End Multiday Walk
    The Australian Government has committed $4 million for upgrades to the Cape Willoughby visitor experience. This will enable upgrades to the overnight historic light keeper's cottage accommodation and day visitor precinct; construction of a signature viewing platform, a new café and visitor information facility and completion of Stage 1 of the east end multi-day walk nodes.
  • Kangaroo Island AgTech Hub
    The Australian Government has committed $1 million to establish an AgTech Hub to create step change to the profitability and sustainably of primary production on Kangaroo Island, including the establishment of AgTech demonstration farms and hosting of AgTech demonstration field days and tours.

Hunter and Newcastle

On 28 January 2022, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP and the New South Wales Deputy Premier, the Hon Paul Toole MP jointly announced $20 million for two projects in this region, with respective Senators and Ministers. These were the Newcastle Art Gallery expansion project and the Maitland Gaol upgrade. The Australian Government and New South Wales Government have each committed $10 million to these projects

  • Newcastle Art Gallery Expansion
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million for the expansion and upgrade of the current Newcastle Art Gallery to enable increased exhibition and community engagement for the people of the Hunter and Newcastle and offer increased cultural tourism opportunities for NSW.
  • Maitland Gaol Development Plan
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million to increase visitation and revenue by enhancing the Gaol’s core heritage tourism offer while providing complementary visitor and community infrastructure to maximise the capabilities of the site.