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More Infrastructure Projects To Support Regional Recovery

15 June 2021

Communities across regional and rural Victoria will benefit from more infrastructure projects as part of the Victorian Government’s investment to ensure our regions continue to thrive.

Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today announced local councils and eligible organisations could apply for grants under the second round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The second round is open until 30 July and enables councils to seek up to $3 million for projects important to their communities.

This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund follows an earlier stimulus round that has supported local economies as they recover from the global pandemic and works to create more jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.

Projects supported as part of the Stimulus Round include the redevelopment of historic tourist railways at Bullarto in the Macedon Ranges and at Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The Fund has also supported the development of an industrial estate in Bannockburn, a regional botanical garden for the small northern Victorian town of Girgarre and significant support for streetscape works at Wonthaggi.

The second round will build on this investment and enable even more projects to be supported, creating additional jobs for regional and rural Victorians.

The Regional Infrastructure Fundis part of the Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and backs councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.

The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s almost $30 billion investment in rural and regional Victoria since 2015.

Information and guidelines for theRegional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at Regional Jobs & Infrastructure Fund - Regional Development Victoria (rdv.vic.gov.au)

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas

“This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund supports the recovery of regional communities across our state and will ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.”

“Our continued investment in regional and rural Victoria will provide ongoing job opportunities and better facilities for locals and visitors right across our state, making our regions even better places to live, work, visit and invest.”

Reviewed 16 June 2021

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