Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum is calling for big ideas from the community that could help shape the future of the region.
The Federal Government’s $272million Regional Growth Fund is officially open for applications. It aims to support major projects in regional, rural and remote areas that will deliver long-term economic benefits.
Mr Drum said the program could deliver major projects of more than $20million in the community that took advantage of the region’s natural economic strengths.
‘‘The projects will need to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘The Regional Growth Fund will support additional investment for sustainable economic growth, including from the private sector, other levels of government and not-for-profit organisations.’’
Initial applications close on April 27 and eligible applicants are encouraged to look at the program guidelines and get started on an application.
Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Minister John McVeigh said the Federal Government would invest a minimum of $10million towards each successful infrastructure project, representing a maximum of 50 per cent of project costs.
‘‘The Regional Growth Fund will be a game-changer across Australia by unlocking government funding for projects that have the capacity to transform regional areas,’’ Mr McVeigh said.
‘‘Successful projects will provide greater support for existing industries, such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, allowing them to innovate and flourish.’’
■For more information on the program, including the application process, visit www.grants.gov.au
- Liz Mellino