Growing Regions Fund

STATUS:  Round One Successful Projects Announced (16 May 2024) 

Successful FNQ Projects - Round One (As of 16 May 2024)
Organisation Project Growing Regions Investment
CASSOWARY COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL

Mission Beach Town Centre Revitalisation Project (Stage 2)

The project will restore town centre facilities and services to support tourism and improve safety.

$7,924,508

 

THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA PROPERTY TRUST (Q.)

Multifunctional OSCH, education and community space for Mossman, Queensland

The project will construct a multi-purpose, community accessible complex including an activity centre and mobility friendly church.

$743,843

 

MAREEBA SHIRE COUNCIL

Mareeba – Lake and Parkland Upgrade

The project will upgrade lake and parkland areas to improve accessibility and promote physical activity.

$849,197

ETHERIDGE SHIRE COUNCIL

Unearth Etheridge: Tourism Developments along the Savannah Way

The project will include an extension to the Terrestrial Centre in Georgetown, a bird sanctuary viewing hub at Cumberland Dam, improved walkways and visitor signage at the Einasleigh People’s Museum at Copperfield Gorge, and the creation of ‘Our Elders Trail’ in Georgetown.

 

$8,235,000
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

Northern Peninsula Area Airport Runway Upgrade

The project will upgrade the airport runway to ensure future operations and to deliver community-focused infrastructure for the benefit of locals and industry.

$13,495,190
 TOTAL TO FNQ REGION $ 31,247,738

 

About the program 

The new Growing Regions Program (2 x $300 million funding rounds) will provide grants to local government entities and not-for-profit organisations, for capital works projects and community-focused infrastructure projects that deliver community and economic benefits which revitalises regions and enhances amenity and liveability throughout regional Australia.   The program will run over 3 years from 2023-2024 and 2025-2026.

A two-stage process has been implemented to ensure a transparent and merit-based assessment by a multi-party Parlimentary panel.  The panel will consider your application against how strongly it aligns with your local regional or strategic priorities of your area or local government area. 

Stage One Expression of Interest OPEN:  Wednesday 5 July 2023 CLOSE:  Tuesday 1 August 2023
Stage Two

Invitations to submit full applicaitons have been issued to successful EOI applicants.

Due date originally 15 January 2024.  Some proponents have applied and received extentions due to significant and catastrophic impacts of  TC Jasper.

OPEN:  Wednesday 1 November 2023

 

INVITATION to submit full applications have been issued

CLOSE:  Tuesday 12 December 2023

 

CLOSE:  15 January 2024 + Approved extensions

Assessment Timeframe Notifications issued May 2024 Contract development – In Progress (May 2024) Projects must commence by: TBC

 

Example of Eligible Grant Activity

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at constructing new community infrastructure or expanding or upgrading existing infrastructure for wider community benefit
  • not have commenced construction
  • not have received Commonwealth funding to undertake the same grant activities

 Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and must include at least one of the following:

  • constructing new community infrastructure
  • expanding or upgrading existing infrastructure for wider community benefit

 Examples of these activities include but not limited to:

  • community hubs and centres (youth centres, men’s sheds)
  • art galleries/libraries/museums/cultural facilities
  • aquatic/sports centres
  • social and community infrastructure which encourages economic and social liveability

 All activities must be strategically aligned to regional priorities and benefit the wider community. This will need to be addressed through the assessment criteria.

Other activities may also be approved.

*there are eligible expenditure requirements.  Follow the links below for full grant criteria.

RDA Tropical North Support

For this and future rounds, to the best of our ability RDA Tropical North will provide support to potential applicants:

  • to identify and develop a strong project proposal that will contribute to long term economic growth in our region, and
  • provide feedback and guidance to help you prepare a competitive application,
  • provide access to supporting documents, statistical evidence and economic impact data and,
  • can provide a Letter of Support.

Please contact us at engage@rdatropicalnorth.org.au  or (07) 4041 1729 to arrange a time to discuss your proposal or request a Letter of Support or an Economic Impact Report.

Note: there are rigorous eligibility and co-contribution requirements for projects. We encourage you to access the mapping tool in the grant portal where you can note the location of your project and it will advise you of your specific co-contribution requirements.

Regional and Strategic Plans

Some helpful links (but not an exhaustive list)

ORGANISATION
REGIONAL PLAN/STRATEGY AND LINKS
Australian Government – White Paper Developing Northern Australia
Queensland Government – Statutory Regional Plan(s) FNQ Regional Plan (2009-2031 and currently under review)
Cape York Regional Plan (2014 and currently under review)
Gulf Development Plan (Non-statutory)
Queensland Government State Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2042
Queensland Government FNQ Regional Economic Recovery Plan (Covid)
RDA Tropical North Annual Report 2021/2022 with Strategic Priorities
Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC)

Federal Priorities 2023 (Aug 2022)

State Priorities (Mar 2023)

Strategic Economic Priorities 

Strategic Plan and Regional Priorities (Various)

Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance (TCICA)

Federal Priorities (Nov 2022)

State Priorities (2020)

Cape, Torres and Gulf Opportunities Plan (2019)

TCICA Regional Profiles (May 2023)

Publications (Various)

Advance Cairns Advocacy
Economic Profile (Cairns)
TNQ Regional Economic Plan 2011-2031
Cairns Chamber of Commerce Resources
Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS)

Publications

Changing Lives Changing Communities 2018

Tourism Tropical North QLD (TTNQ) First Nations Tourism Action Plan
Local Government Authority (LGA’s)
Cairns Regional Council

Shared Vision 2050

Corporate Plan 2021-2026

Smart Green Economy

Related Plans and Strategies

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2021-2025

Master Plans and Strategies

Cook Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2022-2027

Strategic and Informational Documents

Croydon Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2022-2027

Council Information – Plans, Strategies and Policies 

Douglas Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2019-2024

Corporate Documents, Strategies and Plans

Etheridge Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2021-2025

Publications

Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2018-2023

Corporate Documents incl.Economic Development

Kowanyama Aborginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2018-2022

Publications

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2018-2023

Publications

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2020-2024

Publications

Mareeba Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2021-2025

Corporate Documents and Plans

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2022-2027

Publications and Plans

Northern Peninsula Area

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2022-2026

Publications and Plans

Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2019-2023

Publications and Plans

Tablelands Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2021-2026

Various Strategies

Torres Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2018-2023

Corporate-Operational-Regional Plans

Torres Strait Island

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2022-2023

Torres Strait Development Plan 2014-2018

Weipa Town Authority

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2020-2025

Operational Plans, Budgets and Plans

Management Protocol for Weipa

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council Corporate Documents including Annual Report 2021/22, Corporate Plan 2022-2027 (draft)  
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

Annual Report 2021/22

Corporate Plan 2022-2027

Planning Documents