Federal government partners up for local projects

Two projects: Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker with minister for regional development Fiona Nash.

Two projects: Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker with minister for regional development Fiona Nash.

The federal minister for regional development says the Commonwealth Government wants to continue investing in community-driven projects.

In Port Macquarie on Friday, Fiona Nash announced funding for two projects.

Funding for the Neon Summer Festival and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Skills Audit were made available under the Building Better Regions Fund.

“These projects were both quite terrific,” she said.

“Both projects were put forward by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The skills audit will help identify the gaps in terms of skills and how that can be married up to education.

“The second project is a wonderful arts summer festival that will attract tourism by putting local arts and culture on show.

“The commonwealth government is certainly partnering with local community. And all levels of government are working together and investing in the community.

“Community has the best ideas on what drives their local area. This is about community coming up with the ideas. These projects are really good examples of that.”

Ms Nash said it was important to build, strong regional communities.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the skills audit project would building off this month’s ‘really great jobs figures’.

“We want to continue to grow jobs at the local and regional level,” he said.

“By eliminating the skills gap you can create lots of new jobs.

“Minister Nash has been proactive in expanding the programs we, as a government, invest in. That enables a whole range of new projects to go ahead,” he said.

The two projects will receive a total of $44,364 under the fund’s community investments stream.

They will deliver 15 jobs across both projects.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: business.gov.au

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