Close to $10 million awarded to FNQ projects!

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development has today announced the projects to be funded under Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Nationwide, a total of 197 projects to the value of $293.9 million have been approved for funding under the Infrastructure Projects Stream.  And a total of 101 projects to the value of $6.1 million have been approved for funding under the Community Investments Stream.

Successful Far North Queensland regional tourism focussed projects and general projects from the “Infrastructure Projects Stream” include:-

Better Together Community Support Inc. – Atherton Community Centre
The project will construct a fit-for-purpose community centre in the Atherton Tablelands.
Total Grant:  $2 200 200  |  Project Cost:  $4 400 000

Mapoon Aboriginal Council – Mapoon Range Base Visitor Information and Interpretive Centre
The project will construct a new ranger base visitor information and interpretive centre.
Total Grant:  $1 814 319  |  Project Cost:  $1 814 319

New Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation – New Mapoon Community Youth Centre – Stage 2
The project will replace existing infrastructure to construct a multi-purpose facility for community purposes.
Total Grant:  $400 190  |  Project Cost: $405 190

Port Douglas Rugby Inc – Rugby Clubhouse Upgrade
The project will upgrade the Portland Olympic Pool by installing inclusive access amenities and a new canteen.
Total Grant:  $52 500  |  Project Cost:  $105 000

Auscycling Limited – Crankworx Cairns Event
The project will upgrade the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park in preparation for the Crankworx World Tour 2022.
Total Grant:  $1 150 000  |  Project Cost:  $1 150 000

Cairns Regional Council – Northern Beaches Leisure Trail 
The project will construct a 360m long x 3m wide concrete footpath to connect with existing paved network and also build a new 100m long bridge over Deep Creek to link the beach side suburbs of Clifton Beach and Kewarra Beach.
Total Grant:  $ 1 971 403  |  Project Cost:  $3 942 806

Douglas Shire Council – Connecting Communities
The project will construct a shared pedestrian cycle way bridge and pathway between Kubirri Aged Care Centre and Mossman Gorge Centre.
Total Grant:  $2 250 000  |  $2 500 000

TOTAL:  $9,838 612

Successful Far North Queensland projects from the “Community Investment Stream” include:-

Kuranda Traders Association Inc – Strategic Recovery Plan
The project will deliver a 3 year Strategic Recovery Plan that provides a framework for Kuranda Village businesses to survive, recover, adapt to new markets and visitor expectations and thrive in a post COVID environment.
Total Grant:  $19 900  |  Project Cost:  19 900

Nintiringanyi Indigenous Corporation – The Murama Experience
The project will deliver the Murama Experience, a three-staged Indigenous cultural gathering, mentoring and entertainment event, in Cairns, Queensland.
Total Grant:  $46 600  |  Project Cost:  $93 200

Torres Shire Council – WOZCF Strategic Growth
The project will develop a strategic plan for the growth and marketing of the biannual Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival (WOZCF).
Total Grant:  $67 500  |  Project Cost:  $90 001

TOTAL:  $134,000

TOTAL TO FNQ REGION:  $9,972,612 to support local infrastructure and community projects.

Feedback Sessions
For applicants and projects that have been unsuccessful, feedback sessions are being offered by the Business Grants Hub. Please email bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au by 19 November 2021 to arrange an appointment.

Questions related to BBRF Round Five should be directed to the Business Grants Hub in the first instance and copied to bbrf@infrastructure.gov.au

RDA Tropical North congratulate Far North Queensland recipients and wish them every success with their projects for the benefit of the region.