A new Community Centre will be built in Preston Beach after $95,000 was delivered under Round 2 of the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund—a highly competitive, widely subscribed federal grant programme.
Federal Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie MP stressed the importance of the Government supporting regional communities through grants such as the BBRF.
“Preston Beach is a small, tightknit community. The new Preston Beach Community Centre will provide a space for important local services such as visiting health care professionals and Fire Brigade training.”
The new Preston Beach Community Centre will host around 120 community functions a year and serve as an emergency evacuation centre for Preston Beach residents.
“It’s vital that small communities like Preston Beach are not forgotten. Through grants like the BBRF, the Coalition is ensuring that regional Australia is not overlooked.”
The centre is one of five local projects funded under the Coalition’s second round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), providing over $6 million in projects throughout the Peel region and over $204 million toward 136 Infrastructure Projects and 100 Community Investment projects across rural and regional Australia.
Minister for Regional Development John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done. It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities” said Minister McVeigh.
With the ongoing success of the Building Better Regions Fund, the Coalition Government has committed a further $200 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to deliver a third round, with applications to open in coming months. This demonstrated the Coalition’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is set to create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.
“Round 2 of the BBRF helped great community initiatives receive the funds they needed and created local jobs. I’m looking forward to Round 3 doing more of the same” said Mr Hastie.