Regional projects get $5m federal funding

LOCAL community infrastructure projects across regional Queensland and northern New South Wales will share in more than $5 million in government funding under the Regional Development Australia Fund.

Set up as part of the Gillard Government's deal with independent MPs, the successful applicants for funding under the RDAF's third round have been revealed.

Among the projects to get government funding were $500,000 for a riverside precinct development in Maclean, NSW and $500,000 for the redevelopment of the Goondiwindi theatre centre.

Other projects to secure funding in Queensland were included developments in Mackay, Gympie, Laidley, Middlemount, Winton, Blackwater, Barcaldine, Ingham and Toogoolawah.

In NSW, projects on the north coast included an extension of the Jumbunna Preschool in Casino and redevelopment of the Knox Park Youth precinct in Murwillumbah.

All projects which shared in the funding had significant private or community sector funding in addition to the government funds as part of the co-investment scheme.

Regional Projects:


  • Acquisition and refurbishment of expanded flood-free premises (Ingham): $500,000
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum amenities (Winton): $216,963
  • Barcaldine Cultural Complex: $500,000
  • Blackwater Aquatic Centre Upgrade: $500,000
  • Edward Lloyd Park Upgrade (Marian): $499,703
  • Improving Gympie Music Muster Site: $450,000
  • Laidley Multipurpose Sports Centre: $500,000
  • Middlemount Synthetic Bowls Green: $234,500
  • Goondiwindi Theatre Centre Redevelopment: $500,000
  • Toogoolawah Cultural Precinct: $500,000


  • Jumbunna Extensions (Casino): $425,500
  • Knox Park Youth Precinct (Murwillumbah): $500,000
  • McLachlan Park - Connecting to the Clarence (Maclean): $500,000

NOTE: All figures Federal Government contribution, do not include additional sources.

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