The Burnett Catchment Care Association  received $95,780 through the Commonwealth Government's Building Better Regions Fund.
The Burnett Catchment Care Association received $95,780 through the Commonwealth Government's Building Better Regions Fund. Felicity Ripper

Monto project receives $95,780

THE Burnett Catchment Care Association received $95,780 through the Commonwealth Government's Building Better Regions Fund, announced last week, to develop an agricultural strategy for the Monto district.

The purpose of the fund is to create jobs and build stronger communities.

BCCA will use the $95,780 to plan a strategy for the Monto district based on agricultural practices in the region, and the assessment of industry changes, including consideration for natural disaster mitigation, and economic, market, and environmental trends.

BCCA helps land managers, industry and community improve sustainable catchment health for the Burnett.

In total, the Wide Bay Burnett secured more than $7.5 million from the fund, $264,440 was invested in community investment projects and $7.24 million in infrastructure.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett director of regional development Scott Rowe said he was delighted with the number of successful projects across the region.

"The Wide Bay Burnett did very well, especially in Bundaberg where the Mon Repos Turtle Centre Redevelopment received $3.75 million and the Aeromedical Hub for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Life Flight received $3 million,” Mr Rowe said.

Mr Rowe said it was also pleasing to see $95,780 provided to create a new agricultural strategy for the Monto district and $25,000 for online support services for the Fraser Coast's veteran community.

The $208 million Building Better Regions Fund is a competitive grants program that provides funding for infrastructure and community investment projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Grant funding was available through two funding streams:

The Infrastructure Projects Stream: Supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure

The Community Investments Stream: Funds community development activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh, said 136 projects would receive grant funding of $208.2m in this round.

The Commonwealth Government has announced a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund which is expected to open later in the year.


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