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Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories and Regional Communications

Deputy Leader of the Nationals

Senator John Williams 

Nationals Senator for NSW

·         Ballina, Byron Bay and Casuarina to share in over $5 million  

·         Tennis, surfing and economic development the big winners

·         Building Better Regions Fund making important dreams become reality for local communities

The business sector of Byron Bay, the surfing community of Casuarina and those who enjoy tennis in Ballina have received a boost with the

announcement they have won funding through the Coalition government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams said he was delighted to announce –

Byron Shire Council will receive $2.64 million towards the $5.28 million total cost to upgrade Byron’s Export and Economic Connections which will deliver improved connectivity for the Byron Arts and Industry Precinct businesses

Surfing Australia Limited will receive $2.53 million towards the $5.63 million total cost to expand the multi-purpose surfing centre in Casuarina which will create economic and social benefits for the Tweed region; and

Ballina Tennis Club will receive $93,000 towards the total project cost of $226,000 to expand its clubhouse incorporating additional facilities.

Senator Williams said it is good to see that of the more than 500 applications received nationwide, the Richmond electorate has been successful with three of the approximately 100 projects approved.

“I look forward to seeing these ventures become a reality”, Senator Williams said.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.

"I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like this one do exactly that," Minister Nash said.

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we've got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.

Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at:

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