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The Wheatbelt receives $701,875 from the Building Better Regions Fund.

 $701,875 for the installation of new telecommunications infrastructure for the North Eastern Wheatbelt, connecting local businesses and communities. 

The Wheatbelt will receive a boost following news they have won $701,875 in Federal funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Member for Durack Melissa Price announced today. 

“The Federal government knows that the biggest hindrance to doing business in regional areas of Australia is telecommunications coverage” Ms Price said. 

“This innovative project will connect businesses and the wider community to the digital network leading to enhanced opportunities for business diversification, tourism growth, online education and professional development, reduced social isolation and ultimately a better place to live and work. 

“Congratulations to the Shires of Koorda, Nungarin, Wyalkatchem, Mukinbudin, Trayning, Mt Marshal and Nungarin on their successful application.  

“We are committed to supporting and developing regional Australia, and supporting telecommunications infrastructure is an important part of that.

"The Building Better Regions Fund received more than
500 applications and only about 100 projects were successful.  

“I am extremely proud to say that 9 projects in total were funded in Durack, meaning about 1 in 10 projects nationwide were in my electorate. 

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.

"I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like this one do exactly that," Minister Nash said. 

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we've got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on"

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.

Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months. 

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is
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