Round three of the Commonwealth Government’s $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund opened today with applications now being sought for funding of priority infrastructure projects in disadvantaged regional communities.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton is very pleased with the success of previous rounds of the programme with funding providing a much needed boost to numerous areas across the Western region.
“In first round we saw funding for the upgrade of the cattle selling facilities at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets,” Mr Coulton said.
“Round two then provided a huge boost to the towns and areas surrounding Bourke, Dunedoo, Moree and Nyngan with funding for the Bourke small stock abattoir development project, development of the Three Rivers Regional Retirement Community in Dunedoo, infrastructure upgrades at the Moree Regional Airport and construction of the Bogan Shire Medical Centre in Nyngan.”
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP said round three is open to submissions from local governments and not-for-profits from today until 15 March 2016.
“As in previous rounds, I encourage applicants to put forward projects that demonstrate strong economic outcomes and address identified disadvantage to give themselves the best opportunity for success,” Mr Truss said.
“Funding will be targeted to projects which deliver strong outcomes for local communities.”
Mr Coulton said the popularity and success of this programme across Western New South Wales is evidenced by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development hosting one of its information sessions in Dubbo this month.
“The Department will hold an information session on round three for potential applicants and RDA Committees in Dubbo on Wednesday 27 January 2016,” Mr Coulton said.
“These sessions will provide information on aspects of round three, including changes from round two and general advice on the assessment process and how to prepare a competitive application.
“There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of Departmental officers following each Information Session.”
Teleconference sessions will also be available for those unable to attend the information session in Dubbo.
For further information on the programme, to register your attendance at the Dubbo session or to register for a teleconference session, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/