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WA gets nearly $24m under RDAF Round Two

FOUR projects will share in a $23.6 million regional development boost for Western Australia through the $200 million second round of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean announced on Tuesday.

Mr Crean said the four successful projects, in Geraldton, Broome, Margaret River and Carnarvon, were based on strong partnerships and deliver more than $104 million in total partnership investment.

The successful Western Australia projects are:

  • $15 million to the Shire of Carnarvon towards the second stage of the $79.9 million Carnarvon Flood Mitigation Works; 
  • $4.9 million to the City of Greater Geraldton towards the $13.8 million West End Recreation and Entertainment Precinct Revitalisation;
  • $2.5 million to St John Ambulance Australia (Western Australia) towards the $5 million North West Regional Office, Training and Ambulance Centre in Broome; and
  • $1.2 million to the Shire of Augusta, Margaret River towards the $5.9 million Margaret River Surfers Point Precinct Redevelopment.

RDAF aims to support the infrastructure needs of regional Australia, with nearly $1 billion allocated over five years. The program is administered by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. The first round of the program, worth $150 million, was announced last September.

"RDAF is more than a regional investment program, it is driving cultural change— demonstrating what is possible when you prioritise, build partnerships and leverage funding from a range of sources," Mr Crean said.

"With the passage of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) securing three more rounds of RDAF, there will be more opportunities for regions to get a slice of the action—so keep persisting."

RDAF Independent Advisory Panel Chair, Christian Zahra, said the overall strength of applications showed that regions were working to ensure projects are built around strong regional partnerships.

"The projects recommended by the Panel leverage a range of funding opportunities and demonstrate clear long-term benefits, including creating jobs and boosting economic development," Mr Zahra said.

Successful projects under round two have already been announced for Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory.

More information about the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) is available from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport website at <http://www.regional.gov.au/>.

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