*** Now Open for Applications ***
Federal Member for Durack, the Hon. Melissa Price has announced that applications for the Morrison Government’s new $111.9 million Northern Australia Development Program (NADP) open today, 4th November. Read more.
The program is open for applications throughout the year providing funding for small to medium enterprises in Northern Australia, including Indigenous businesses, to create jobs and strengthen business capability and resilience through diversifying or scaling up their business and increasing turnover and profitability.
The program has 2 elements:
Important! The program is open for applications throughout the year. The assessment committee receives batched applications to consider approximately every 3 months.The first committee meeting will consider applications submitted up until 5pm (AEDT) 10 December 2021. Applications submitted after then will be considered at future meetings.
Nominations for the 2021 National Awards for Local Government are now open for applications across eight categories. Submissions will be accepted until 11.59pm on the 19th November 2021.
Submit your nominations online at nalg.awardsplatform.com
For the latest funding and grants for business and community - go to the RDA WA Funding and Grants Hub at www.rdawa.grantguru.com.au
Interested in learning more about the R&D Tax Incentive? Join AusIndustry for one of their upcoming webinars.
Guide to the R&D Tax Incentive - Thursday 18 November 2021
For those new to the Tax Incentive, this session will walk through an overview of the program, explain the key eligibility criteria that should be reviewed and assessed before applying, discuss the application process and provide tips for keeping records.
R&DTI Guide to Interpretation - Wednesday 24 November 2021
If companies are already familiar with the program but would like to take a deeper dive, this is the session for them. The session explores the detail of the Guide to Interpretation including how companies can assess their eligibility for the program, understand the expectations around evidence and record-keeping and find out some of the common errors made in applications.
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The Stronger Communities Program is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment and is intended to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation, and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.
RDAMWG congratulates the Shires of Mingenew and the City of Greater Geraldton on their success in receiving project funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
The Shire of Mingenew received $20,000 for the Mingenew Hill walk which will upgrade the existing Mingenew Hill walk trail and construct a look out on top of the hill. The Shire also received a further $18,000 to stage a series of Astrotourism events in the Mingenew region during 2021-2022.
The City of Greater Geraldton received $1,131,200 in the environment category to further advance the Mid West Regional Resource Recovery Facility. This project will construct a waste transfer station, materials processing facility, and new weighbridge, whilst also upgrading the power network and the tip shop.
To date BBRF has contributed $1.38 billion across nearly 1300 projects throughout Australia. Over the 5 rounds the fund has allowed many important infrastructure and community-based projects to proceed in the Mid West and Gascoyne. On behalf of the communities in these regions RDAMWG acknowledges the important contribution made by the Federal Government to better facilities and economic opportunities and the ongoing support to regional growth.
More than $1.7 million across 7 Durack regional airports will benefit from grants under Round 2 of the Morrison Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Federal Member for Durack, the Hon. Melissa Price said the grants are vital to assist local regional communities maintain infrastructure and safety standards.
Ms Price said, “These grants will fund projects like upgrading firefighting operations, expansion of helipads, runway fencing and the installation of solar lights, that will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services across Durack.”
For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.
The Hon Nola Marino, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories communicated her appreciation for Regional Development Australia in the House of Representatives on the 4th August.
"When COVID first hit, 53 different RDAs linked in with me three times a week to feed direct information about what was happening right around this great nation and what was happening on the ground. Those 53 volunteer organisations contributed three times a week in the early stages of COVID—and still are now, and that information goes through to each relative portfolio area—and also provided relevant advice to the national cabinet when it was relevant in that space".
A full excerpt can be accessed on Hansard (pg 64).
The $1.29 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. The fund invests in projects located in, or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.
Grant funding is available through two funding streams.
Round Six Grant Opportunity Guidelines will be made available on the Business Grants Hub website when finalised.
You can also register for updates from the RDA Funding & Grants Hub.
Durack is set to benefit from new and improved mobile coverage thanks to Round 5A of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Durack, the Honourable Melissa Price welcomed the news that 8 more Mobile Black Spots are set to be addressed under this round of the Program.
“From the Kimberley to the Mid- West there will be improved mobile coverage for the local community, allowing visitors and locals alike to stay connected, access education services, conduct business and remain in contact with family and friends,” Ms Price said.
“I look forward to working with the successful recipients so that building the mobile base station can get underway and the community can benefit from improved coverage. These base stations will improve coverage in disaster prone areas, along major transport corridors and trial new approaches to delivering coverage,” she said.
The Morrison Government has committed $20.5 million to fund 67 new mobile base stations across Australia. This announcement brings the total number of base stations being funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program to over 1,270 base stations, representing a total investment of over $875 million in total investment
The full list of base stations funded under Round 5A of the MBSP is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.
Australian Government 2021-22 Budget
The 2021-22 Budget invests around $30 million to help the agricultural sector secure, skill and build it's workforce.
$25.2 million provided over 4 years for AgATTRACT which aims to shift perceptions of agriculture work and showcase the diverse career opportunities on offer.
The Australian Government is committed to backing Australian farmers, fishers and foresters in their Ag2030 goal – driving job creation and economic growth.
Vision: Through Ag2030, the Australian Government is setting the foundations for the agriculture sector to grow agriculture to $100 billion by 2030, ensuring Australian agricultural producers receive maximum returns for their hard work and are supported by vibrant rural and regional communities.
The Delivering Ag2030 plan will be updated annually to reflect new initiatives. Read the current and previous plans here: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag2030