05 October 2016

National Stronger Regions Fund boost for Queenscliff, Bannockburn and Winchelsea

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, is delighted to announce a number of projects Corangamite will receive funding under Round Three of the Turnbull Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

A total of $4.84m has been awarded to three projects in Corangamite – the Destination Queenscliff project, the Bannockburn Civic Heart project and the Winchelsea Town Centre Beautification project, creating local jobs and improving community infrastructure.

“Some 479 applications were lodged nationally under Round Three with only 67 projects selected.  Given how competitive this program is, this is a great result for Corangamite,” Ms Henderson said.

Funding of $3.489m has been granted to the $6.99m Destination Queenscliff Precinct Revitalisation project. The project, designed to boost tourism in the area, includes the construction of Fort Walk, a pedestrian and bike link along the town facing wall, the revitalisation of Hesse Street (between King Street and the Ocean View Car Park) to create an attractive entrance to the re-developed lighthouse and sport and recreation precinct and the Wall Lights Up project with up-lighting and projections on the magnificent red brick fort wall.

The Destination Queenscliff project also includes six eco-design high quality units at the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve, a new visitor hub including cafe and public toilet, improved car parking at Ocean View carpark, landscape improvements including ship viewing areas, BBQ facilities, improved public facilities for ANZAC day commemorations and the relocation of the caravan park entrance.  The project will increase employment and tackle disadvantage issues for the Borough and the region.

A further $1.2m has been committed to Stage 1 of the $2.4m Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct development project. The centre piece of the development plan is the creation of a new community civic space in the main street of Bannockburn. This space will accommodate the award winning Golden Plains Farmers’ Market and boost amenities including BBQ facilities, 36 additional car spaces, paths, walkways, shelter and seating. A storage shed for Bannockburn Scouts will also be built with the funding provided by the Turnbull Government.

The Winchelsea Town Beautification project will receive a $155,000 grant to build a themed shopping and recreation precinct to attract visitors, potential investors and for the community to enjoy. The $310,000 project consists of two main components including streetscape works to the heart of Winchelsea’s town centre and pavement upgrades between Hesse Street and Palmer Street, seating, planting of trees of shrubs and completion of ANZAC memorials. Secondly, the funding will enable two distinctive gateway art pieces to be installed at the east and west entry points of Winchelsea.  It is already wonderful to see the township of Winchelsea sparkle following the opening of the duplicated Princes Highway through from Waurn Ponds funded partly by the Federal Government.

“These projects have been identified as priority infrastructure by local communities. The NSRF encourages communities to form partnerships to deliver projects between not-for-profit organisations, local, state and territory governments as well as the private sector,” Ms Henderson said.

“I am so proud of the funding we have delivered for these projects which will drive jobs growth and boost economic activity, a fundamental criteria of the NSRF.”

“These initiatives will bring about a range of positive outcomes for their respective communities and regions.  I am extremely proud that the Federal Government has made such a significant contribution to all three projects.”

The NSRF is providing $1 billion over five years to promote economic growth and address disadvantage in Australia’s regions.

Three other local projects funded under previous rounds of the NSRF are:

  • $7.25m to help fund Baptcare’s Norlane Community Hub which includes affordable housing units, a new aged care facility and an allied health and medical practice;
  • $1m for Diversitat’s Healthy Living Centre for Ageing in Norlane; and
  • $225,000 is being provided to upgrade re-fueling facilities at Lethbridge Airport.

A full list of successful round three NSRF projects will be available on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website on Friday, 7 October at www.infrastructure.gov.au.

5 October 2016