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Loddon Mallee receives funding from Australian Government $200m Building Better Regions Fund Rounds One and Two

Local organisations, councils and not-for-profits across the Loddon Mallee region have submitted their applications to the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – an initiative that aims to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.

The RDA Loddon Mallee Committee supported applicants – providing advice and letters of support to strengthen applications and attract investment to the Loddon Mallee region.

There was $200 million up for grabs as part of Round Three of the $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund.

Funding was split into two steams:

  • Community Investments stream which funds community activities, new local events and regional strategic plans
  • Infrastructure Projects stream which supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Each stream funds projects and initiatives up to $10 million with minimum funding amounts starting at $5,000 for the Community Investment stream and $20,000 for the Infrastructure Projects stream.

RDA Loddon Mallee Chair, Linda Beilharz (OAM) says the fund has a track record of lifting economic outcomes for the Loddon Mallee region.

“More than $17 million has already been allocated to infrastructure and community projects across the Loddon Mallee region through Rounds One and Two of the Building Better Regions Fund which is a big win for our region – and we’re expecting even more funding in Round Three,” said Ms Beilharz.

Rounds One and Two of the Building Better Regions Fund provided funding to the following local projects:

  • $10,000,000 towards stage one of the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct, including four indoor sports courts and seating, change rooms and amenities, café/kiosk and lounge area, reception/administration area, entry/exit roads and sealed car park.
  • $2,450,000 towards the Mallee Accommodation & Support Program Ltd Service and Community Hub
  • $1,967,500 towards the Activating Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct
  • $878,500 towards the upgrade of the Macedon Ranges Livestock Exchange and Truck Park.
  • $735,000 towards the upgrade of Tchum Lake amenity building and the construction of new amenity buildings at Wooroonook Lake and Watchem Lake in Wycheproof
  • $263,452 towards the Castlemaine Goods Shed: Creative Industries Hub
  • $200,000 towards a project aimed at accelerating regional economic returns by building dairy community resilience and capacity in areas of financial management, leadership and farm business transition
  • $200,000 towards the construction of a forestage lift for the recently built Mildura Arts Centre. This multipurpose addition will allow for extra seating, orchestra pit and a larger stage area
  • $100,000 towards three new Tennis Australia compliant hard courts at the Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve
  • $90,000 towards Building Buloke 2030 – an integrated community planning project that will develop uniform community plans for 10 rural townships.
  • $70,000 towards the Central Goldfields Short Flicks Festival
  • $35,000 towards the Central Murray Regional Transport Forum Regional Strategy
  • $25,000 towards the Bendigo Regional Digital Tourism Mentoring Program
  • $25,000 towards a mobile art exhibit to be displayed in regional Victorian railway stations
  • $20,000 towards an electrical fitout to the new Echuca Moama Men’s Shed
  • $20,000 towards the Harcourt Economic Stimulus Plan
  • $18,500 towards an empowering boot camp for women in Narraport
  • $15,700 towardssuicide prevention in Inglewood
  • $15,000 towards a two-day community leadership summit in Bendigo by the Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc.
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