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South Australia seeking regional infrastructure ideas for new fund


The state government has launched a $5 million program to support regional infrastructure projects.

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Grants of between $50,000 and $1 million will be available under the government’s Enabling Infrastructure Program, which is part of the annual $15 million Thriving Regions Fund.

The program is looking for value-added investment in priority community infrastructure that improves the quality of life or attracts and retains people in the regions or infrastructure that attracts and retains businesses in regions and supports a strong regional economy.

Eligible applicants, which include businesses, Local Government Authorities, Statutory Authorities, charities, and co-operatives, are asked to submit an Expression of Interest before noon on Wednesday 9 August 2023. The applicant is expected to pay for the project and then seek reimbursement for the cost through the fund.

Primary Industries and Regions Minister Clare Scriven said all projects must be located within South Australia, with the outcomes and benefits aimed at regional communities.

“We are looking at infrastructure projects that can strengthen and further build regional communities, particularly those that improve the quality of life or attract and retain people, businesses, and service providers in our regions to support a strong local economy and lifestyle,” she said.

“Our regional industries contribute $29 billion to the state’s economy, and they do this while working through challenges such as drought, flooding, biosecurity threats and changing world markets.”

Scriven said the grants will support projects that can commence within six months of receiving funding and must be completed within two years.

All EOIs will be assessed, including consultation with the relevant Regional Development Australia association before being shortlisted for further consideration by Scriven.

She said successful applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed application for further consideration.

All applicants will then be informed of the outcome of the EOI process once the assessment has been completed.

The other program under the Thriving Regions Fund is the Thriving Communities Program of small grants for community groups that closes at the end of the week.

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