A $100 million cash injection for infrastructure upgrades in regional Australia will create nearly 10,000 new tradie jobs all across the nation, according to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
The National Party leader has pledged the extra funding on top of $200 million already announced for the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), which invests in infrastructure projects outside Australia’s capital cities.
The additional funding will go towards 298 projects around the nation which are estimated to create around 9,900 jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the infrastructure projects included tourism-related upgrades, and would help regional communities rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Investing in tourism will protect existing jobs and create new ones, while positioning regional towns and economies to capitalise on Australia’s post-COVID recovery as borders reopen and people start travelling again,” Joyce said.
Travel between Sydney and regional NSW is expected to resume once the state hits the 80 per cent vaccination target, albeit only for fully-vaccinated residents.
Where will the $300 million funding go?
Grant recipients of the latest round of the BBRF have already been announced.
Some projects that will receive funding from the BBRF include new art galleries and museums; as well as sporting precincts, aquatic centres.
Health facilities will also get a cash injection, with upgrades on the way for community halls and facilities and regional water supplies.
Botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries and art trails based in regional Australia will also get extensions.
The names of each recipient and their allocated funding are detailed on the Australian Government’s Business website.
More than $1.38 billion has been invested across all five rounds of the BBRF so far, which has gone towards around 1,300 projects.