Strong Economic & Social Focuses Secures Funding Opportunity

( February 14, 2013

Strong Economic & Social Focuses Secures Funding Opportunity

Strong Economic & Social Focuses Secures Funding Opportunity

Eight Far North Queensland projects equating to $61 million have successfully reached the full application stage for Round 3 and 4 of the Regional Development Fund (RDAF) program.

Successful projects will be announced in May and June.

From Cairns to the Tablelands and Northern Gulf to Torres Strait, RDA FNQ&TS Chief Executive Sonja Johnson said she was delighted with the geographic spread of applications that on the whole showed a strong economic focus and respect for attaining positive social outcomes.

Ms Johnson said that criteria for funding in RDAF’s Round 3 was limited to projects from communities with a population of no more than 30,000 people seeking up to $500,000 in funds.

It is also mandatory that the project aligns with the proponent’s community plan – be it from an economic, community, arts and culture or sport and recreation perspective.

In Round 4, which is a major funding round, applicants were invited to seek between $500,000 and $15 million for projects aligning with the RDA FNQ&TS’ Regional Roadmap.

In total, Far North Queensland submitted applications for 12 projects in Round 3 and 16 projects in Round 4 representing a 33 per cent increase in the number of projects applying for last year’s Round 2 funding.

“For Round 3 we have five successful EOI projects adding up to a total project value of $4.3 million.  Of that amount, $1.8 million is sought from the RDAF. In Round 4, our top three projects equate to $56.7 million of which $33.8 million is sought from the program.”

Moving forward, the successful EOI applicants who have progressed to full application stage are as follows:


RDAF Round 3:

1. Tablelands Regional Council, Creating a World Class Mountain Bike Destination-Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park: total project value, $2.464M. RDAF component, $500k.

2. Cairns Regional Council, Skate in the Tropics: Gordonvale, Wonga, Mossman and Babinda: total project value, $270k. RDAF component, $135k.

3. Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council: Upgrade NPA Airport Refuelling Services: total project value, $500k. RDAF component, $480k.

4. St John’s Community Care: St John’s Community Care Mareeba extension: total project value, $500k. RDAF component, $200k.

5. Volunteer Marine Rescue Assoc Qld Inc: Terrestrial (VIC) expansion (Yorke Island and St Pauls Island, Torres Strait): total project value, $566,800. RDAF Component, $464k.


RDAF Round 4:

1. Etheridge Shire Council, Hann Highway Upgrade (Pave and Seal): total project value, $27.2M. RDAF component, $15M.

2. Tablelands Regional Council, Expansion of Mareeba Airport: total project value, $22.8M. RDAF component, $14.2M.

3. Northern Gulf Natural Resource Management, Reigning in the Rainfall: total project value, $6.7M. RDAF component, $4.6M.

The RDAF is a national 5-year $1 billion program to support Australia’s regions and enhance the economic development and liveability of their communities.

he program is administered by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and is designed to ensure that new investments are targeted to reflect the characteristics, and to address the opportunities and challenges, of our diverse regions.

RDAF applications must be endorsed by Regional Development Australia committees to be considered for funding.


About Regional Development Australia

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between Australian, State, Territory and local governments to strengthen regional communities. The national network of 55 committees which delivers RDA are made up of local leaders who volunteer their time to work with government, business and community groups to deliver better services to their regions. The committees work with their communities to find ways to deal with the economic, social and environmental issues affecting them.  The regional Road Maps, produced by the local RDAs, will guide the committees in supporting improvements for their communities. The Australian Government funds these committees and so do State, Territory and local governments in some jurisdictions.


About Regional Development FNQ & TS

From Cardwell to the Cape, Torres Strait and inland to the Tablelands and taking in Croydon and Etheridge shires, the Far North Queensland and Torres Strait branch of Regional Development Australia (RDA FNQ&TS) takes in a vast and diverse area of the regional Queensland.   It works to provide one voice in terms of regional issues and priorities and as such provides guidance and support to the many agencies, organisations and individuals working towards long term, sustainable growth, prosperity and wellbeing of this region.  For more:

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