Scott vows to fight hard for region’s cash

FEDERAL Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott has pledged to "fight hard" for regional communities getting their fair share of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

Mr Scott said applications for round one of the $1 billion fund were now open.

"There are many rural, regional and remote communities across the Maranoa that are in need of infrastructure works and I'll fight hard to ensure these communities get their fair share," Mr Scott said.

"The Maranoa plays an integral role in feeding and clothing the nation and this funding will boost local economies by creating jobs, improving the future community liveability and in many cases will attract new residents and increase tourism."

He said the $1 billion investment, over five years, would support priority projects like freight and transport projects or major multi-purpose sports and community facilities.

"The fund will enhance the economic growth, activity and output of our regions and sustain these gains into the future by providing between $20,000 and $10 million for up to 50% of the project cost," Mr Scott said.

"The fund will invest in important infrastructure projects nominated by local communities, ensuring our regions are investing in their own future and I encourage as many applications as possible from the Maranoa electorate.

"To best deliver critical infrastructure, the fund will encourage the formation of strong partnerships with the private sector, and local and state governments.

"Projects seeking funding will be considered in consultation with the Federal Government's National Infrastructure Committee, which is interested in and committed to harnessing the potential of our regions."

To access the guidelines and lodge a round one application, visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf



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