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Media Release: Two new Central West projects granted funding for community building projects

Building Better Regions Fund

Central West NSW has been rewarded with $137,500 worth of Community Investments, provided through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 1, Community Investments Stream.

The Community Investments Stream of the BBRF will fund community building activities including new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities.

In a competitive round of funding, a total of 392 applications were received from around the country, with 147 projects approved to the value of $6.9 million.

Funding was awarded to two Central West projects;

  1. Central West Farming Systems (CWFS), based in Condobolin NSW, will receive $67,500 for an Agricultural Marketing Skills Audit in Central West NSW to assess the knowledge of agricultural marketing among farmers in the grain and livestock industry across the region.
  2. Forbes Shire Council will receive $70,000 to develop an Agricultural Strategic Plan for the Forbes Shire, to encourage the development of new agricultural products, industries, opportunities and partnerships in the area.

“Although the two successful projects in our region for this round are agriculture focussed, projects do not have to be agriculture based for this funding,” said RDA Central West Executive Officer Julia Andrews. “Some really interesting projects were funded around the country such as a short film festival including locally produced films and workshops in Victoria, and an asset acquisition strategy to store event production and management equipment in Tasmania.”

“We encourage our Central West councils and not-for-profit organisations to start thinking now about projects for the next round of Community Investments funding,” said Ms Andrews. “Take a look at the list of successful projects from around Australia for inspiration, and please call us here at RDA Central West on 6369 1600 to talk through you project ideas. Project applications take time, requiring planning, budgeting, co-funding and letters of support.”

It is anticipated that Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund will open for applications before the end of the year. A list of successful projects is at www.business.gov.au/bbrf.

Media Contact: Julia Andrews, Executive Officer, RDA Central West, 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.