More than $2.8 million in grant funding has been directed towards four projects in the Wimmera Southern Mallee thanks to the latest funding round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
The following projects have received funding:
- $1,490,000 towards the upgrade of the Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange
- $600,000 towards the Wimmera River Discovery Trail project which aims to create a 61km walking and bike trail along the Wimmera River between Dimboola and Jeparit
- $562,500 towards the Wimmera Mallee Tourist Trails strategic plan to attract greater tourism visitation.
- $204,137 towards Warracknabeal Regional Livestock Exchange “Ram it Up” project
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Grampians Chair Stuart Benjamin said the projects will have significant benefits for the agriculture and tourism sectors.
“The agriculture sector is a major economic lever for Horsham and Warracknabeal and the Grampians region at large. These important investments in livestock exchanges will ensure we can continue to attract vendors to our major livestock selling centres and support the long-term viability of these critical assets for the local farming community,” said Mr Benjamin.
Mr Benjamin also praised a renewed focus on tourism in the region.
“Tourism is a critical driver of the economic potential of the Wimmera Southern Mallee and RDA Grampians welcomes these important investments from government.”
“We are excited to see the development of the Wimmera Mallee Tourist Trails project, which will see an increased focus on attracting and capitalising on visitation to local tourist trails such as our Silo Arts Trail.”
“The establishment of a new section of the Wimmera River Discovery Trail is also great news and will attract more cyclists to explore our beautiful region which will be great news for local businesses.”
Find out more about what’s happening in our region by visiting Our Projects page.