Local projects make funding shortlist
EIGHT Northern Rivers projects have made the shortlist as the Regional Development Australia Fund considers its next funding rounds.
Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers chair Ian Tiley said five projects had made it through to the final stage of consideration for Round Three of the fund, which will deliver $50 million in grants worth between $50,000 and $500,000 for projects in towns with a population of fewer than 30,000 people.
Another three Northern Rivers projects had made the shortlist for Round Four, which will deliver $175 million in grants of between $500,000 and $15 million for "priority regional infrastructure projects that also leverage funding from state and local governments and the private sector".
"We received a number of high quality project proposals and it was difficult to choose those that will proceed to the final stage of the application process," Mr Tiley said. "The projects chosen took into the account the priorities of our Regional Plan and other identified community priorities, and address the needs of the region.
"The projects are backed by a strong level of community support and are ready to proceed. They will each have a positive long-term impact on our region and neighbouring regions."
The local projects to make the shortlist of contenders for Round Three funding include:
- Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre for Jumbunna Extensions
- Kyogle District Care Connections Inc for Kyogle Community Gym
- Koinonia Ministries Limited for Upgrading Accommodation for the community
- Clarence Valley Council for the Connecting to the Clarence - McLachlan Park Project
- Tweed Shire Council for the Knox Park Youth Precinct
Northern Rivers projects on the shortlist four Round Four include:
- Richmond Valley Council for Casino Regional Livestock Exchange Upgrading
- The Buttery Limited for The Buttery Addiction Recovery Centre
- Clarence Valley Council for the Clarence Valley Regional Airport Upgrade
Projects can still be nominated for either round, with applications for Round Three closing on March 27 and Round Four applications closing on April 11.
For more information phone Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers on 02 6622 4011 or email them.