07 September 2011
Community buildings, cultural and tourist projects, training centres and regional airport upgrades are just some of the shovel-ready projects supported in Round One of the $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).
Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean said the Federal Government would invest $150 million in 35 projects worth almost $418 million in the first stage of the five-year regional funding program.
"The RDAF is part of our record $4.3 billion Budget commitment towards regional investments including health and hospitals, skills, higher education and infrastructure," Mr Crean said.
"I congratulate the successful local government and not-for-profit organisations for their strong submissions and commitment to long-term growth and liveability in their communities.
"Up to $100 million was initially made available for investment-ready projects that supported the growth of local communities across the country. Over 550 applications were received and due to this strong response from communities we extended the amount available under Round One to $150 million.
"We challenged communities to develop creative proposals that stacked up, effectively leveraged other funding and sustained the economic and social future of their regions.
"With Australia's economy in transition, Labor strengthened the role of the nation's 55 Regional Development Australia Committees, which played a major role in working with local communities to identify projects that were consistent with their regional plans.
"I'm pleased to announce the Round One RDAF projects and encourage communities to begin thinking about their submissions under the $150 million Round Two, which will open in November this year."
All applications were required to meet mandatory criteria, with eligible applications assessed by an independent Advisory Panel.
Communities needed to demonstrate a direct and measurable benefit to communities through documents including business cases, a cost-benefit analysis, feasibility studies and detailed project plans.
The Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel, Mr Christian Zahra, said Panel members considered a significant amount of detailed information for each eligible application and worked rigorously together in selecting the best projects for recommendation to the Minister.
"I'm pleased to have been asked by the Minister to assist with a review of RDAF Round One and provide recommendations for him to consider implementing for Round Two and subsequent rounds of the program," Mr Zahra said. "This review will consider ways in which the impact of the program might be strengthened and the application process streamlined."
Mr Crean thanked the independent Advisory Panel for their commitment to the task and said projects to be funded in Round One of the RDAF program were:
New South Wales:
- $7 million to Newcastle City Council towards the $21 million Newcastle Region Art Gallery Redevelopment;
- $3.5 million to Ballina Shire Council for the $4 million upgrade and extension of the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport;
- $890,000 to Central Coast Emergency Accommodation Services for the $2.2 million refurbishment of the Coast Community Centre in North Gosford;
- $698,000 to the Hunter Valley Research Foundation in Maryville for a $937,600 project to expand its capacity to meet the emerging information needs of the Hunter community;
- $4.96 million to Lismore City Council for the $5.99 million Lismore City Hall Upgrade;
- $1.67 million to Four Winds Concerts Inc for the $2.88 million Four Winds: Building Nature's Concert Hall project at Barragga Bay;
- $1.9 million to Griffith City Council for the $2.4 million upgrade to Griffith Airport;
- $2.26 million to Youth Off The Streets Ltd for the $4.83 million Youth Off The Streets - Project Cordeaux, Cordeaux Heights, to refurbish the existing facility; and
- $8 million to St Vincent de Paul Society (New South Wales) for the $18 million project to rebuild of Freeman House Complex in Armidale.
- $12.3 million to the Greater Bendigo City Council for the $25.8 million Sandhurst Community Theatre Complex project;
- $10 million to the Geelong Football Club for the $46 million project to construct Stage Three of Skilled Stadium;
- $10 million to the City of Greater Geelong to construct a new $45 million Geelong Library and Heritage Centre;
- $1.05 million to Southern Grampians Shire Council for the $1.66 million Lake Hamilton Regional All Abilities Playground and Foreshore Redevelopment in Hamilton; and
- $2.7 million to Hepburn Shire Council for the $3.23 million Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre project.
- $5 million to Rockhampton Regional Council for the $15 million Rockhampton Southside Memorial Pool Redevelopment in Wandal;
- $2.02 million to Gold Coast City Council to construct a $23.51 million Upper Coomera Community and Youth Hub;
- $4.79 million to Townsville City Council for the $5.29 million Magnetic Island Walkway Project - Nelly Bay to Arcadia - project;
- $2 million to Somerset Regional Council for the $4.4 million Somerset Civic Centre in Esk;
- $1.03 million to Lifeline Community Care to construct a $3.5 million Lifeline Youth, Community Counselling, Education and Training Facilities in Pialba;
- $4 million to Bundaberg Regional Council towards the $6 million Bundaberg Recreational Precinct; and
- $1.65 million to the Maleny Community Centre for the $1.72 million Maleny Community Centre's Social Enterprise Capacity Building Renovation.
- $2.32 million Glenorchy City Council for the $15.9 million Glenorchy Art Sculpture Park Stage Two project; and
- $4.31 million to the St Giles Society Inc for the $5.81 million project to build a new multi-purpose Paediatric Regional Centre of Excellence in West Hobart.
- $15 million to the Shire of Roebourne for the new $65 million Karratha Leisure Complex;
- $5.57 million to the City of Rockingham for the new $11.15 million Baldivis Library and Community Centre;
- $7.42 million to the Shire of Katanning towards a $25.47 million project to construct a new state-of-the-art sheep saleyards in Katanning; and
- $4.9 million to the Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation for the $14.59 million purpose-built Kimberley Land Council Office Project in Broome.
- $1.72 million to the District Council of Streaky Bay for the $2.85 million development of the Streaky Bay Oval Precinct;
- $914,672 to Flinders Ranges Council for the $1.19 million solar installation project across the Flinders region;
- $4.81 million to the Barossa Council for a $5.44 million project to build a Tanunda to Gawler Shared Bicycle/Walking Path;
- $4.5 million to the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula for the $12.66 million Port Lincoln Airport Upgrade;
- $1.11 million to UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie for the $1.38 million project to rebuild the Port Pirie Men's Shed and Community Centre Complex; and
- $2.84 million to the Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation for the $2.84 million project to upgrade and build new art centre infrastructure on the APY Lands.
- $3.25 million to the Housing Industry Association for the $4.98 million project to construct a dedicated Building Industry Training Centre in Berrimah for the Northern Territory; and
- $3.5 million to Alice Springs Town Council for the $5.04 million Alice Springs Regional Waste Management Centre.
Detailed project descriptions can be found at www.regional.gov.au