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Wheatbelt successful with three BBRF projects

Communities across the Durack electorate will benefit from a share of more than $4 million in funding under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said she is delighted that Durack has fared so well in this round and that the Government’s investment in local projects under Round 3 will help grow the economy and build a strong future for Australia’s regions.

“Almost $300,000 of this funding has been allocated to three projects in the Wheatbelt under both the Infrastructure and Community BBRF streams,” she said.

“The projects will benefit these communities which is a great outcome for Durack.

“It is projects such as these that make our regional communities even better places to live, work and raise a family - and also visit, and I’m excited to see the positive difference this funding will make to the community.

“In this round we are also investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support those many regional communities that rely on tourism to bolster their economy,” said the Minister.

Wheatbelt successful projects include:

Under the Infrastructure stream:

  • The Boodie Rats (Mukinbudin Occasional Care) for Mukinbudin Early Childhood Learning Centre: $255,000
    Construction of a new, purpose-built childhood early learning centre to replace current venue which is too small to accommodate enough children. Will be a licensed childcare provider, co-located with primary and district high school for sharing resources and smooth transition from Early Learning setting to Kindy/Pre-primary.  Available day care places will increase to 24, allowing more people (particularly women) to re-enter the workforce, gain respite, maintain volunteer roles on local committees and attend community events as well as attracting young families to the community.

On hearing the news, Mukinbudin Shire President, Gary Shadbolt, said it was fantastic the Federal Government had shown confidence in his community.

“It will help us to build infrastructure to provide essential child care services to retain young families in our community,” he said.

“I thank Melissa Price our Federal Member once again for supporting us.”

  • Shire of Goomalling for Enlivening Pioneers’ Pathway Drive Trail Signage Interpretation: $20,000
    Replace direction and information signs along Pioneers’ Pathway self-drive tourist trail from Toodyay to Merredin.

Under the Community investment stream:

  • In Woolocutty the Wheatbelt Business Network received $20,000 for Data for Decisions
    This project will commission a study and analysis of small business performance and opportunities in the Wheatbelt to be included in a prospectus for existing and new businesses operating in the region.

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