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The Kimberley receives $8,718,400 for 4 projects from the Building Better Region’s Fund

• $4,800,000 for the Wunan Foundation and Northern Minerals Ltd for a training facility to integrate Kimberley Aboriginal Communities with the Rare Earth Mining industry in Halls Creek
• $2,944,400 for Nyamba Buru Yawuru for a community meeting place at Cable Beach, which will add another tourist attraction to the town, by encouraging community performances of traditional dances, stories and songs. 
• $476,000 for the Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency for the construction of a new workshop space, which will encourage the artistic community in the town, a donger for traveling artists to stay while using the new facilities, and improvements to the back office for youth activities in Fitzroy Crossing 
• $498,000 for the Mimbi Aboriginal Corporation to develop the campground facilities, as part of the Camping with Custodians program, aimed at developing tourism infrastructure in the Kimberley to allow tourists to camp on country with traditional owners in the West Kimberley.  

The Kimberley will receive a boost following news the Kimberley has won $8,718,400 in funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Member for Durack Melissa Price announced today. 

All of these communities will receive great benefits from this project, including a boost to tourism and jobs and a focus on helping those projects that show they are working towards improving the economic sustainability of communities" Ms Price said.

“These projects will help to further include the Aboriginal community in the tourism economy of the Kimberley, and has the added benefit of improving communities’ sustainability and viability, aiding in cultural maintenance. 

"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, 4 of which were up here in the Kimberley.” 

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 bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au."

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 available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf

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