Building Better Regional Cities Program
About the Program
On 30 June 2012 the Minister for Housing and Homelessness announced the projects funded under the Building Better Regional Cities Program.
Sixteen Projects have been approved for funding. Funded Projects are:
|Regional City||Description of Project||Australian Government investment|
|New South Wales|
|Ballina||Wollongbar – development of Sports Fields||$4.5 million|
|Ballina||Ballina Heights - Construction of Ballina Heights Drive and associated infrastructure, stormwater drainage, landscaping, street lighting, NBN conduits and shared pathways.||$5 million|
|Lake Macquarie||Wyee - sewer infrastructure||$6.3million|
|Lismore||Lismore - Invercauld/Ballina Road intersection and the Oliver Avenue bridge||$5 million|
|Maitland||Central Maitland - realignment and upgrade of Athel D’Ombrain Drive||$11.3 million|
|Port Macquarie||Thrumster –Sancrox water reservoir at Cowarra State Forest||$3 million|
|Tamworth||Coledale - redevelopment project including road works, lighting and youth facilities||$10.7 million|
|Tweed Heads||Tweed Heads South –intersection works, parks and trunk works for the Homestead at Fraser Drive||$8.4 million|
|Wollongong||West Dapto – road works to open up Urban Release Area||$13.9 million|
|Geraldton||Karloo/Wandina – roads, bridges and underpasses in the City’s south eastern suburbs to enable the release of land||$9 million|
|Mandurah||Mandurah (adjacent to the Train Station) - Pedestrian bridge to span Mandurah Road and Railway line||$5.4 million|
|Bunbury||Tuart Brook Local Structure Plan – roadworks, stormwater drainage, sewer pump station, extension of reticulated sewer, water, power and telecommunication services.||$7 million|
|Bendigo||Huntly – road construction, park and sewer works for Viewpoint Huntly Development Area||$3.9 million|
|Shepparton||Mooroopna West – flood mitigation, drainage and sewer infrastructure||$5.4 million|
|Warrnambool||Dennington North – redevelopment of Coghlans Road||$2.5 million|
|Hervey Bay||Kawungan – construction of trunk road and intersections||$12 million|
Applications for funding now closed
Applications under this Program's single application round closed on 18 November 2011.
The Commonwealth Department of Social Services is responsible for the management of the Building Better Regional Cities Program.
The objectives of the BBRC Program are to invest in local infrastructure projects that support an increase in the number of homes for sale and rent that are affordable for working families on ordinary incomes, in communities that are experiencing positive jobs and population growth that need more homes to be built. This investment in regional centres may also help to relieve the pressure on major capital cities, so that Australia can grow sustainably.
Two main groups are set to benefit as a result of the Australian Government's contribution under the BBRC Program:
- working families on ordinary incomes (low to moderate income earners) living in regional centres who are suffering from cost of living pressures; and
- new residents who want to move into the area for jobs, who need homes.
The types of infrastructure that can be funded under the BBRC Program include:
- Connecting or trunk infrastructure such as water and sewerage headworks, upgrades or extensions to drains and sewers (including the augmentation or replacement of existing infrastructure, where this is needed to support infill or greenfield housing developments), and connecting roads and bridges; and
- Community infrastructure such as parklands and open space; pedestrian and cycle paths; community centres, and recreation facilities.
Funding for the BBRC Program became available in the 2011-2012 Financial Year and ceases on 30 June 2014.
The Program Guidelines are available for reference.
- Building Better Regional Cities Program Guidelines [PDF 380 kB]
- Building Better Regional Cities Program Guidelines [PDF 753 kB]