MDB community projects get $28m Cth funding boost

Projects in 34 local government areas have secured funding through the third round of the federal government’s Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

The 51 projects range across the hospitality, tourism, development, and Indigenous cultural sharing sectors, and were selected to help Basin communities address challenges onset by drought, demographic change, and commodity price change.

Grant funding totalling $28 million will be distributed to the following local government areas:

  • Balonne, Paroo (Qld);
  • Balranald, Berrigan, Bland, Bourke, Brewarrina, Carrathool, Central Darling, Edward River, Federation, Griffith, Gwydir, Hay, Leeton, Moree Plains, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrabri, Narromine, Walgett, Warren, Wentworth (NSW);
  • Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Mildura (Victoria); and
  • Alexandrina, Berri Barmera, Coorong, Loxton Waikerie, Mid Murray, Murray Bridge, Renmark Paringa (SA).

Nearly $39 million of funding has already been approved under Rounds 1 and 2 of the program for an array of activities – from thermal hot spring upgrades to business mentoring, ecotourism trails, agritourism projects, and aerodrome developments.

Further successful projects will be announced after approvals are finalised.

Click here to see a list of approved projects.