Minister announces RDAF projects for Tasmania and Victoria

REGIONAL Australia Minister Simon Crean last week announced the successful projects for Tasmania and Victoria as part of the $200 million second round of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), a five-year, $1 billion regional funding program.

Nine projects in Victoria, with a total project value of $168.2 million, will receive $38.8 million in RDAF funding. While in Tasmania, two projects will receive $1.7 million in RDAF funding, with a total project value of $20 million.

"The nine Victorian projects announced today share in $38.8 million of RDAF grants but also leverage other funding sources to build a strong investment partnership," Mr Crean said.

"The $38.8 million of RDAF funds will unlock a total of $168 million in partnership investment between the Federal Government, state and local governments and the private sector.

"These projects tick all the boxes and join the dots between being a local priority, leveraging other funding sources and sustaining the economic and social future of their regions," Mr Crean said.

Among the successful projects in Victoria were the Frankston Regional Aquatic Centre, Dandenong Connects development, Melton Library and Learning Hub and the Mildura Riverfront (Eastern Precinct) project. The Minister said seven of the nine projects were unsuccessful in the first round of RDAF but had been revised for the second round.

In Tasmania, almost $1.2 million has been provided for the SE Region Sporting, Recreation & Cultural Precinct (SERSRC) project, which will construct new sporting facilities in Sorrell. Just over $500,000 will support the Penguin Regional Athletics Centre upgrade.

Funding for projects in NSW and Queensland was announced earlier this month. Funding for SA, NT and WA projects will be announced in July. More information about the Regional Development Australia Fund is available from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport website at <>.

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