· Specific funding for investment ready projects in regional, rural and remote Australia.
· Funding available across two streams – infrastructure projects and community investments.
· Information session in Coffs Harbour on 1 February 2017.

Federal Member for Cowper, Mr Luke Hartsuyker, is encouraging community groups and local councils to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund

“The funding under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is available for community and infrastructure projects in the North coast and I hope those eligible in our area apply.

“The BBRF will give communities the opportunity to think outside the square and show us the types of investments they believe will strengthen their local community and create jobs,” he said

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fund is dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural, regional and remote Australia.

“The Coalition Government’s BBRF is designed to invest in projects that will create the kinds of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to,” Minister Nash said.

“Flexible, creative thinking can be a winning formula to receive funding, providing clear objectives are mapped out that show benefits for the region.”

Mr Hartsuyker said applications will be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project – so small community projects are not competing against huge projects worth tens of millions.

“ The North coast is our local community and we want to invest in the infrastructure, events and initiatives that we are passionate about and that we know will make a difference to our region..

“Our region has already been successful in securing funding for regional priorities with the Coalition Government committing funding to key regional development projects such as the Pacific Highway upgrade,” he said

The BBRF information session will be held at Coffs Harbour Ex-Services, Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour on Wednesday1 February 2017. The session will allow applicants the opportunity to find out more about the BBRF.

Applications will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.

To register for an information session or to find out more visit

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