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Media Release: Bumper infrastructure boost to Central West NSW through Building Better Regions Fund

Building Better Regions FundCentral West NSW is set to receive an $11.9 million infrastructure boost from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 1, Infrastructure Stream.

Funding was awarded to Councils and Not-for-Profit organisations for five projects in the Central Western region, located in Bathurst, Orange, Forbes, Lachlan and Weddin Local Government Areas. These projects represent 16% of the number of projects funded in NSW, with a combined total value of $57.5 million.

The BBRF Round 1 was highly competitive, with 110 projects across the nation set to receive Australian Government funding out of the 545 applications submitted.

“These projects are incredibly important for the NSW Central West and represent a commitment from the Australian Government to contribute to the growth of our region” said Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA Central West) Chair Alan McCormack. “The results are a testament to the years of hard work put in by Councils, Not-for-Profit organisations and communities, as well as our team working with them to develop and support projects.”

  • Bathurst Regional Council is set to receive $10 million for the Velocity Park project, a second motorsport circuit on Mount Panorama in Bathurst expected to significantly expand tourism and the local economy.
  • House with No Steps will receive $210,000 for the Aussie Biscuit Factory move and re-build in Forbes, creating new jobs and facilitating social inclusion with the majority for people with a disability.
  • Housing Plus will receive $588,800 to build the Orange Crisis Centre for women and children escaping domestic violence, filling a significant needs gap in the region.
  • Lachlan Shire Council is set to receive $181,450 for the Tottenham Pool Multipurpose Facilities, supporting the expanded use of this critical community facility.
  • Weddin Shire Council received $950,000 for the Grenfell Health Hub, an integrated medical facility catering for local demand and e-health support into the future.

The Australian Government has announced that the BBRF Community Investments Stream will be announced in the near future, with Round 2 of the BBRF expected to be opened before the end of the year.

“We urge all eligible community organisations across the region to get in touch and discuss their projects with our staff on 02 6369 1600” said Mr McCormack.

Media Contact:          

Julia Andrews, Interim Executive Officer, RDA Central West Ph; 02-6369 1600 / 0448 288 698

About Regional Development Australia – Central West

RDA Central West is part of a national network of 55 locally managed, not -for-profit incorporated associations responsible for regional economic development and is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments. Our region extends from Lithgow in the east to Lake Cargelligo in the west and comprises the local government areas of Lithgow, Oberon, Bathurst, Blayney, Orange, Cabonne, Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Weddin and Lachlan.