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Regional Recovery Partnerships

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over two years to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships.

The Partnerships will coordinate investments with all levels of government to support recovery and growth in 10 regions across Australia, delivering jobs and economic diversification.

The 10 regions are:

  • (NSW) The Snowy Mountains; Hunter and Newcastle; and Parkes Regions;
  • (QLD) Cairns and Tropical North Queensland; Gladstone; and Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regions;
  • (TAS) all of Tasmania;
  • (VIC) Gippsland Region;
  • (SA) Kangaroo Island; and
  • (WA) South West Region.

These regions have experienced the brunt of COVID-19’s impact on their regional economies, and on their employment levels. Within each of these regions there are significant emerging opportunities to diversify the region’s economy which can lead to long term national growth and resilience.

The Regional Recovery Partnerships will play a brokering role between Australian Government networks and other levels of government to build relationships, increase information flow and share technical expertise. This brokering role will create opportunities to support the delivery of existing investments and projects to boost economic and jobs growth in regional Australia.

Consultations with state and local governments, industry, local development and community organisations on proposed priority projects for funding under the Partnerships have begun. Implementation workshops have been held in a number of  Partnerships regions in early 2021 with relevant stakeholders. The workshops looked at implementation plans and desired outcomes for projects to be considered for funding under the Regional Recovery Partnerships.

Regional Recovery Partnership projects are intended to support economic recovery and economic growth in the Partnership locations, contribute to economic diversification of the region, or increase long term employment and business outcomes.

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over 2020-22 to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships. Part of this funding is drawn from the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.

Project announcements

Gippsland

On 12 April 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack and the Hon Darren Chester MP, Federal Member for Gippsland announced Australian Government funding of $7 million to support five East Gippsland community-based projects to boost the regional economy. The projects are listed below.

  • Krautungalung Walk Lakes Entrance (Stage 1)
    Australian Government commitment of $2.2 million for the design and construction for stage 1 of a planned 4.5 km, all-abilities boardwalk and concrete path circuit seeking to link existing infrastructure and tell the story of the Traditional Owners.
  • East Gippsland Rail Trail
    Australian Government commitment of $2 million to upgrade the trail to improve safety and the experience of cyclists and walkers and drive future growth in the visitor economy.
  • Slip Road Paynesville Upgrades
    Australian Government commitment of $1 million for the construction of Stage 1 of an upgrade to the Slip Road Maritime Precinct in Paynesville including a new sea-wall, boardwalks, amenity block improvements, landscaping and car parking, additional boat ramp and additional jetties to promote Paynesville as a year-round tourism destination.
  • Forest Park Orbost Upgrades
    Australian Government commitment of $1.3 million to revitalise and modernise Forest Park recreation area and gateway to the East Gippsland Rail Trail by providing a new toilet and amenities block, increased parking, a playground and picnic area to encourage visitors to stay in the region.
  • Koala Discovery and Rehabilitation on Raymond Island
    Australian Government commitment of $0.5m to enhance the visitor experience and protect koalas in the area through creation of supporting infrastructure, interpretive material and habitat restoration.

On 05 May 2021, the Federal Member for Gippsland, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced a further $3 million in Australian Government funding to two further projects, Mallacoota streetscape and Kalimna Lookout, in the region.

  • Mallacoota streetscape
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to redevelop and enhance the town centre of Mallacoota to support bushfire recovery.
  • Kalimna Lookout
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to develop an all abilities accessible viewing platform to support the visitor economy.

Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

On 17 April 2021, the Hon Warren Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt announced $10 million in Australian Government funding to the:

  • Cairns Gallery Precinct project
    Australian Government commitment of $10 million towards the transformation and connection of three heritage listed buildings within the Cairns Gallery Precinct. The precinct will focus on celebrating and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

Gladstone

On 4 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack and Mr Ken O'Dowd MP, Federal Member for Flynn announced Australian Government funding of $10 million to two projects in this region.

  • Central Queensland Renewable Hydrogen Ecosystem Development
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million for a pilot project to establish a consortium to test both technology and the integration of technology with supply chains, providing advice about renewable hydrogen’s potential pathways.
  • Auckland Hill Economic Development
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million to support the continued creation of a waterfront precinct (East Shores) at the Gladstone Port. Project funds will be used to develop disability friendly walkways to a redeveloped lookout, and to construct community infrastructure and facilities.

Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday

On 5 May 2021, Michelle Landry MP, Federal Member for Capricornia announced $3.2 million in Australian Government funding for this region.

  • Clermont Saleyards and Showgrounds Revitalisation
    Australian Government commitment of $3.279 million to support the redevelopment of the Clermont Saleyards and Showgrounds to increase the capacity of the facility to service the sale demands of the region.

On 19 May 2021, George Christensen MP, Federal Member for Dawson announced a further $6.7 million in Australian Government funding for this region, bringing the total funding for the region to $10 million.

  • Biocommodities Pilot Plant Expansion
    Australian Government commitment of $5.221 million to support Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) development of regional bio-manufacturing industries to enhance the region’s capability in biomass processing, fermentation, separation and product development technologies.
  • Aquaculture and Agriculture Tech Skills Hub
    Australian Government commitment of $1.5 million to provide ag-tech programs and training that is aligned to industry requirements.

South West (Western Australia)

On 8 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack and the Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories jointly announced Australian Government funding of almost $10 million for three projects in the South West region:

  • Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) Compost Facility
    Australian Government commitment of $6 million for the construction of an organics composting facility that will enable the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council to upscale its established composting operation and increase production volumes of its Australian-standard organic product.
  • Nannup Cycle Trail Network
    Australian Government commitment of $2.86 million to transform the town of Nannup into a Trail Town that will attract a wide variety of trail users, visitors and investors to the region through investment in bike trails and related infrastructure.
  • Manjimup Trail Bike Hub
    Australian Government commitment of $0.98 million to position Manjimup as the centre for trail bike riding in Western Australia through new trail development, new tourism experiences and marketing activities.

Parkes (New South Wales)

On 31 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes and the Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories jointly announced Australian Government funding of $10 million for three projects in the NSW Central West region:

  • Stage 2 Parkes Water Security Project
    Australian Government commitment of $5 million to deliver two new pump stations and a solar supporting system that are critical components of the Parkes Water Security project.
  • Central West Industrial Park Part 1 of Stage 2
    Australian Government commitment of $4 million for the construction of a significant portion of drainage works and associated road works to deliver land lots with basic infrastructure ready for use by interested businesses.
  • Lake Cargelligo Tourism Activation Project
    Australian Government commitment of $1 million to activate the Lake Cargelligo town center with new infrastructure and facilities to service tourists and residents alike.