Monday, June 17, 2024

New stimulus funding round opens for Victorian councils

Communities across regional and rural Victoria are set to benefit from new infrastructure projects as part of the state government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.

Minister for Regional Development, Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the historic Bullarto Train Station Tourist Precinct in central Victoria to announce a new suite of projects to be funded.

Hepburn Shire has received a $500,000 grant to help redevelop the station. The project includes construction of a replica of the original 1930s station building, bringing to life the history of rail and providing an additional tourist destination for the region.

“This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will support the recovery of communities across our state and ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies,” said Ms Thomas.

“The Bullarto Station Tourist Precinct is a drawcard that will contribute to the region’s visitor economy, creating more jobs for the region.”

“We are delighted to support this important project as part of our commitment to make regional Victoria an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”

Historic rail motors were used at Bullarto Station between the late 1920s and early 1990s. The redevelopment plan envisions rail motors bringing visitors to town from Daylesford through the Wombat State Forest.

Minister Thomas said the stimulus round aimed to revitalise local economies as they recover from the global pandemic.

The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.

Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.

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