Building Better Regions Fund - G21 region grants


Almost $8.1 million is being injected into the local economy for community and infrastructure projects following announcements from round three of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The ‘Infrastructure Projects Stream’ supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional areas.

Especially welcome was $425,000 to the Colac Otway Shire for the Central Reserve lighting and netball court redevelopment (project cost $850,000). This is a long-term G21 priority under the Addressing Disadvantage project. Central Reserve has received around $3.8 million in state and federal funding grants over a five year period. This funding will complete the project.

Other successful applicants were:

  • $3.3 million to the Surf Coast Shire to redevelop the Stribling Reserve pavilions (project cost $6.5 million).
  • $1.5 million to the Borough of Queenscliffe to redevelop the Queenscliff Cultural Hub (project cost $3.2 million).
  • $1 million to Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club to redevelop their club facilities (project cost $5.6 million).
  • $650,000 to the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club to rebuild their lifesaving clubhouse (project cost $4.5 million).
  • $300,000 to Colac Otway Shire to upgrade the playground at Colac's Memorial Square (project cost $600,000).
  • $260,000 to Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club to construct a youth training facility (project cost $520,000).
  • $222,000 to the Golden Plains Shire to upgrade Teesdale Turtle Bend Reserve (project cost $444,000).
  • $149,744 to Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club to fit out its hospitality venue (project cost $299,488).
  • $85,363 to the Lorne Bowls Club to upgrade its green and surrounds (project cost $170,726).
  • $77,123 to Leopold Hall to upgrade and expand its facilities (project cost $154,246).

The ‘Community Investment Stream’ supports projects that drive economic growth and transform communities. Three local projects were successful:

  • $50,000 to Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism to update the Strategic Master Plan for the Great Ocean Road Region Visitor Economy (project cost $100,000).
  • $30,000 to Good Shepherd Microfinance to undertake a series of targeted local to help the community understand financial resilience (project cost $65,000).
  • $19,750 to Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce to expand the Apollo Bay WinterWild Festival (project cost $ 19,750).

A table listing both the infrastructure and community investment stream projects funded within the G21 region in the latest round can be accessed by clicking here.