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Funding to support affordable housing development in regional Australia

Funding to support affordable housing development in regional Australia

Published: 11th October 2011

 Image ‘Kalgoorlie Town View’ by Brian Voon Yee Yap licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0.

Local councils in regional centres across Australia are being invited to apply for Government funding to support more affordable housing in their communities.

Population and Communities Minister Tony Burke has announced the opening of applications for funding under the Government's Building Better Regional Cities program which will provide local councils with support to alleviate housing supply pressures.

"We recognise there are some regional centres were the population and investment is growing, driving new job opportunities but there's not enough affordable housing to keep pace with demand," Mr Burke said.

Under Building Better Regional Cities, local councils in regional centres are eligible to apply for funding of up to $15 million to invest in local infrastructure projects which support new infill or greenfield housing developments located within those centres.

Under Building Better Regional Cities the types of infrastructure eligible for funding includes:

  • Connecting or trunk infrastructure such as water and sewerage headworks, upgrades or extensions to drains and sewers (including the augmentation or replacement of existing infrastructure, where this is needed to support infill or greenfield housing developments), and connecting roads and bridges; and
  • Community infrastructure such as parklands and open space; community centres, and recreation facilities.

The design of the Building Better Regional Cities Program has been informed by extensive consultation with eligible local governments and other stakeholders.

Applications will close at 4.00pm (AEDT) on Friday 18 November 2011.

For more information or to see a list of eligible regional cities, visit the Building Better Regional Cities Program website.