Regions across Australia making the most of Australian Government funds
Published: 14th September 2012
Local councils and communities in every state are pushing ahead with new local infrastructure projects in partnership with the Australian Government. Forty-six projects are receiving $199.7 million in Round Two of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), enabling construction of projects worth almost $800 million (actual figure $779.9 million).
On Friday 14 September the sod was turned on the $46.35 million Frankston Regional Aquatic Health and Wellbeing Centre, a project led by the Frankston City Council with the support of RDA Southern Melbourne. Receiving $13.5 million under RDAF, the facility will provide Southern Melbourne residents with an Olympic sized swimming pool, a learn to swim and leisure pool, café, gymnasium, waterslides, leisure pool with play area, warm water therapy pool, a wellness centre hosting health professionals and more.
RDA Yorke and Mid North has been working with Wakefield Regional Council and the state water authority to progress South Australia’s $30.12 million Wakefield Region Water Supply Upgrade. In delivering a regular and reliable water supply, the project will support increased residential development in Balaklava and Port Wakefield and the growing poultry industry in the region. RDAF has contributed $10.04 million to the project, which is expected to create up to 119 jobs.
Preparations are in place at the Central Highlands Regional Council in Queensland to commence the $9.98 million Emerald Airport Apron Extension. RDAF has contributed $4.99 million to the project, which is supported by the RDA Fitzroy and Central West and will increase the number of aircraft bays for regular public transport, charter, freight and emergency services aircraft, upgrade the cargo bays and create a helipad-aeromedical bay for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In addition, a covered all-weather walkway for passengers will be constructed.
Projects funded through RDAF rounds one and two are mapped on the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport myregion website. To see the locations of RDAF projects open the map when you next visit your RDA regional profile page and select RDAF on the map key.
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