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Fund to drive regional transport job growth in VIC

  • Posted on Monday 4th, November 2019.

Minister for Regional Development, Jaclyn Symes, has released updated guidelines for the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – with more than $30 million available to make Victoria’s regional cities and country towns better places to live, work, invest and visit.

The regional development fund reportedly helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and assists councils to build the infrastructure locals need.

The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund will move to a competitive round-based process, to ensure the best projects receive support – with grants of up to $500,000 available to councils and council-sponsored projects. Applications will open on 6 November 2019 and close on 18 December 2019.

“The Labor Government will keep supporting businesses to relocate to regional areas and help existing businesses expand, because that means more jobs in country communities,” said Symes.

Investments will target high potential, high value sectors to drive regional Victoria’s jobs growth – including food and fibre, advanced manufacturing, professional services, new energy, medical technology, biological sciences and healthcare, transport, defence and construction technology and international education according to the Victorian Government.

Grants of up to $50,000 are also available throughout this financial year via the Stronger Regional Communities Program to support rural and regional towns to attract families and young people to regional Victoria.

“We’re working hard to make sure Victoria’s country communities share in our state’s success – investing in infrastructure and services, to create jobs and make our regional towns and cities even better places to live,” said Symes.

The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s record $2.6 billion Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria Program unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

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