Regional projects move to next stage of RDA Fund assessment

Seven regional projects will proceed to the full application stage for Rounds Three and Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

Round Three will provide grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 for projects located in towns with a population of 30,000 or less.

Round Four will allocate grants of between $500,000 and $15 million for priority regional infrastructure projects that also leverage funding from state and local governments and the private sector.

RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Prof Max Standage said the projects selected to proceed to the final stage of the application process would deliver real benefits to local communities.

“The committee selected projects that met clearly identified regional priorities.  These projects are backed by a strong level of community support, are ready to proceed and will each have a positive long-term impact on our region.”

Projects selected to proceed to full application in the Sunshine Coast region are:

Round Three:

  • Emergency Respite Cottage refurbishment (House With No Steps)
  • Cooroy Hall redevelopment (Cooroy RSL & Citizens Memorial Bowls Club)
  • Discover Eumundi Heritage & Community Centre Centenary ‘Welcome In’ project (Eumundi & district Historical Association
  • Extension of Nambour Community Centre building (Lions Emergency Accommodation Centre)

Round Four:

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre project (Sunshine Coast Council)
  • Warm waters pool project (National Seniors Australia)
  • Redevelopment of Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club

A list of projects selected to proceed to full application under both rounds is available at www.regional.gov.au.

An independent Advisory Panel will assess eligible applications and announce funded projects from June.

The RDA Fund is worth almost $1 billion over five years and is designed to boost economic and community development.

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