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The federal government has allocated $135 million to boost regional services and connectivity programs in a bid to assist regional Australia’s recovery from the lasting impacts of the devastating bushfire season and COVID-19.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told Sky News part of that $100 million supplied for economic regional partnerships for recovery would be used for projects deemed most helpful by regional leaders.
“What they may well see is a program which looks at building up, say an energy and waste facility, it might be infrastructure, it might be indeed marketing to get people to that particular area … it’s designed to encourage people to visit those areas,” he said.
“Now there’s $100 million there across 10 regions and we’ll be discussing of course with local councils and local leaders as to how that money should be best spent.
“It’s a very bespoke approach for these regional communities, I believe in regional Australia, I know that regional Australia’s best days are ahead of it, but they’ve been very hard hit by COVID”.
Mr McCormack said $30 million would be used to set up connectivity systems for those “outside the NBN footprint”.
He said the last $5 million was “to be spent on building up resilient leaders, to have voices from these local areas, voices from these regional communities speaking up, making sure they can be their best selves”.
“We want to make sure that if regional Australia can be bigger and better, then we’re putting the right moves and the right programs and right funding down to enable it to do just that,” he said.
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