SA wins large slice of federal funding for regions

04/07/2012

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Regional Development Minister, Gail Gago today welcomed the decision by the Federal Government to award $27.8 million in funding to South Australia through the Federal Government's Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

"I am thrilled that in this round, the Federal Government's decision has delivered to South Australia almost 14 per cent of the $200 million allocated through the fund, up from 10 per cent in the first round in September 2011," Minister Gago said.

"The $1 billion RDAF supports infrastructure needs and economic growth of Australia's regions and is designed to leverage State, Commonwealth, and Local Government, private and not-for-profit investments.

"The Federal Government has indicated that the passage of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax has secured RDAF rounds for regions to access in the future.

"I strongly encourage eligible organisations in regions to work up ideas now and submit projects in further funding rounds that can deliver jobs for their community and South Australia.

"The recognition of seven local projects shows the high quality proposals being put forward to support regions and economic sustainability." She said.

Through the second round of the RDAF, seven South Australian projects will share in $27.8 million. The projects awarded include:

  • $10.03 million to Wakefield Regional Council towards the $30.11 million Wakefield Region Water Supply Upgrade;
  • $5 million to the City of Port Augusta towards the $12.27 million Far North Regional Community Sports Hub;
  • $5 million to the Unity Housing Company towards the $26.88 million Northern Region Affordable Housing Initiative;
  • $3.91 million to the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia Ltd towards the $9.57 million Leukaemia Foundation Patient Village;
  • $2.21 million to the District Council of Franklin Harbour towards the $12.16 million Lucky Bay Harbour Extension;
  • $910,000 to the District Council of Coober Pedy towards the $1.84 million "Water For Growth" project; and
  • $800,000 to the District Council of Tatiara towards the $1.71 million Keith and District Sport and Recreation Centre Upgrade.

Minister Gago said Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees played a significant role in working with their local communities to identify projects that were consistent with their local priorities.

Further details on RDAF criteria and supporting documentation is available at www.regional.gov.au