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The Building Better Regions Fund Round 5 is now open for applications, with $200 million for projects to boost local infrastructure in regional communities, $100 million of which will be dedicated to tourism-related infrastructure.


Backed by over three decades of consulting, AEC have delivered and supported numerous funding submissions with local councils, in particular tourism and community investment funding. Check out some of our key projects beneath that we have worked on with local councils to help secure funding in the past.


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Case studies

Applicant: Coffs Harbour City Council


Project: Coffs Harbour Airport Upgrade


Funding Program: NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund Round 1


Description: The project included the extension of the apron area for aircraft parking and upgrade of terminal facilities, the upgrades are essential for increasing capacity at the airport.


Approved funding: $5,100,000


Total project: $6,500,000

Applicant: Honeycombes Property Group and SeaLink


Project: Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct


Funding Program: Regional Growth Fund


Description: The project will replace the current Breakwater Terminal to facilitate an integrated tourism experience for North Queensland. It will include expanded ferry capacity, retail and commercial premises, a four star hotel and public spaces.


Approved funding: $15,000,000


Total project: $53,200,000

Applicant: Fraser Coast Regional Council


Project: Hervey Bay Airport Redevelopment Funding program: BBRF Round 3


Description: The project will deliver both stages of a two-stage redevelopment of the Hervey Bay Airport, including the improvement of all infrastructure for the main runway and taxiways and the construction of specialised aviation and associated supply chain industry subdivision to house growing local aviation activities which are expecting to create over 500 jobs.


Approved funding: $9,190,000


Total project: $26,660,000

Community investment funding examples

Applicant: Cairns Regional Council


Project: Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) Stage 2 Redevelopment


Funding Program: BBRF Round 3


Description: The MMP Stage 2 Redevelopment project will deliver permanent Back of House facilities and a range of other enhancements to Cairns' premier outdoor entertainment venue (Munro Martin Parklands). The enhancements will enable an increased number, variety and standard of events and performers to be attracted to the venue, stimulating economic activity and employment, supporting increased tourist visitation and length of stay and further enhancing a valuable cultural facility for the Cairns and Far North Queensland community


Approved funding: $500,000


Total project: $1,300,000

Applicant: Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council


Project: Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) Stage 2


Funding Program: BBRF Round 3


Description: Townsville North Queensland is the global centre of excellence for marine science, education and research. The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) will be globally significant and the first of its kind in Australia. This project will enhance the regions art and reef experiences to leverage global tourism trends and attract 50,000 new visitors each year. Stage 2 of MOUA will see the development of large artworks submerged in the ocean off Palm Island which will be accessible through dive and snorkel tours. MOUA will be catalytic for Palm Island, it will build on the nascent tourism industry, generate jobs and income, address social disadvantage, enhance and showcase the local culture and enhance conservation efforts on the Great Barrier Reef.


Approved funding: $1,500,000


Total project: $2,000,000

Applicant: City of Karratha


Project: Karratha Arts & Community Precinct


Funding Program: National Stronger Regions Fund Round 2


Description: The City of Karratha is committed to creating a multipurpose facility that will provide artistic development, self-learning and cultural opportunities for the communities in the City of Karratha and the North-West Region.


Approved funding: $10,000,000


Total project: $56,000,000