Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)


Round One - Infrastructure Projects Stream


RDA Great Southern is delighted with the BBRF Infrastructure Projects Stream announcement made by Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development on 4 August 2017.


Great Southern Housing Initiative (GSHI) - $10,000,000 towards a total project cost of $27,742,884.

Congratulations to the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup for their successful application of $10,000,000 to develop the Great Southern Housing Initiative (GSHI). This project will address the shortage of quality, affordable housing across the Great Southern region.  The GSHI will deliver a total of 79 housing units, comprising 43 units for independent seniors and 36 units for regional employees.  The housing units with be built across the nine Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.


Visit RDA Great Southern's Grants & Funding page for more information.


National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) - Successful Projects in the Great Southern


Round Three - Two Projects


Announcements of the NSRF Round Three applications were made on 7 October 2016.  Congratulations to the two projects in the Great Southern which have been successful. They were among 67 projects to receive funding of $126 million for infrastructure projects worth a total of $462 million.  The two successful projects are:


Albany Agricultural Society, Redevelopment of Albany Agricultural Society Infrastructure.  $950,000 towards a total project cost of $1,900,000.  The project defines the construction of two large undercover structures and hardstand areas to ensure the ongoing viability of the Agricultural Show and the Albany Agricultural Society, and to facilitate the continuation of medium to large events. Without this infrastructure, the Show and the Society would become unsustainable within a year of operations and medium to large events would no longer be able to be accommodated. The project will be delivered in a two staged approach with the overall construction of three sheds (Pavilion A, Pavilion B, and Pavilion C), hard stand areas and ablutions. Pavilion A and B and some of the handstand area are the focus of Stage 1.


Plantagenet Village Homes, Construction of Collet Barker Court Stage 3.  $663,086 towards a total project cost of $2,545,375. The outcome of this project is the provision of seven high quality independent living units allowing seniors the choice of remaining and contributing in their own viable inter-generational community.


These projects will enable the completion of important infrastructure and the delivery of a range of services for people in the Great Southern. 


For a full list of funded NSRF Round Three projects Click Here


Round Two - Three Projects


Nyabing Progress Association, Community Hub Project.  $825,000 towards a total project cost of $1,650,000. The project is to build an accommodation and community hub including six modular accommodation units, car parking, a community hub building, business offices, a conference room, commercial kitchen and dining room.


Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup, Sports Pavilion Upgrade.  $950,000 towards a total project cost of $3.6 million. The project is to redevelop the Tambellup Sports Pavilion and construct a new synthetic bowling green, to provide a community facility that will be a hub for the full range of community sporting events and functions.


Shire of Cranbrook, Regional Community Hub Project.  $300,000 towards a total project cost of $600,000. The Cranbrook Community Hub Project will provide critical community infrastructure for a range of professional and community services including medical suites for healthcare professionals, commercial/retail premises as well as emergency management centre, recreation, arts and culture spaces.


These three projects will make a significant impact in their respective communities and will make a genuine contribution to improving local employment, service delivery and community living.


For a full list of funded NSRF Round Two projects Click here


Round One - One Project


City of Albany, Construction of the Albany Visitors Centre. $997,500 towards a total project cost of $1,995,000. The project will house a new tourist information hub and showcase regional produce. It will involve the co-location of the Albany Visitors Centre and the Public Library.


Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) closed on 28 November 2014. To see the full list of the successful Round One projects Click here


Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) - Successful Projects in the Great Southern

The Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was set up by the former Federal Labor Government in July 2011 to support Australia’s regions and communities. The program was administered by the former Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.


Round 4 – Two Projects

Shire of Plantagenet - Sounness Park Community Recreation Development. $1,004,300 towards a total project cost of $9,501,000. This project will transform Mt Barker’s sporting and recreation facilities through the installation of new synthetic hockey pitches, lighting, cricket and soccer ovals, and cricket nets. When complete the project will co-locate up to 14 local sporting clubs and foster greater community collaboration and interaction.

City of Albany - Great Southern Centennial Park.  $8,250,000 towards a total project cost of $27,154,857. This project will transform Centennial Park into a major complex for both elite and community based sport. The complex will feature a premium AFL oval, lighting, multipurpose functions rooms, outdoor entertainment areas, 11 soccer fields, five cricket pitches and new hockey facilities. The project will also deliver pedestrian and cycle paths, new parking and vehicle access and public artworks. The project proposal could not have happened without the support and co-operation of more than 40 local groups. The total value of the project is $27 million, including the RDAF grant of $8.25 million.

Round Three - One Project


Shire of Denmark - Denmark Riverside Club Inc.- Stage One.  $500,000 towards a total project cost of $2,211,500. The Denmark Riverside Club Inc.: Stage One has been granted $500,000 in support of their project to upgrade the existing Denmark Bowling Club site located on the eastern bank of the Denmark River into a flexible multi use facility for 300+ members. The project proponents are a consortium between the Bowling, Dragon Boat, Kayak and Classic Boat clubs. Co-operation and collaboration between the clubs will ensure the future growth of Denmark sporting activity and participation by member sports and the community. The total value of the project is $2,211,500.


Round Two - No projects successful


Round One - One Project


Shire of Katanning - Katanning Regional Sheep Saleyards.  $7,420,000 towards a total project cost of $25,470,000. In September 2011 the Katanning Sheep Saleyards project was successful in being awarded $7.42 million from RDAF towards the $25.47 million project. The project involved relocation and construction a new state-of-the-art saleyards in Katanning to sustain economic growth, increase capacity and incorporate best practice in environmental management and animal welfare. The saleyards were completed on budget and opened on 28 May 2014.