Regional Development Australia - Wheatbelt
An Australian Government Initiative

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Wheatbelt Resources

The Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, has announced the successful applicants for the very competitive BBRF Round 1. 
RDA Wheatbelt are thrilled and excited for the successful applicants being -
Infrastructure Stream - 
  • Shire of Beverley - Beverley Cornerstone - Construction of a multi-purpose facility for community based activities, events, business incubation etc. $1,320,000 towards the $4,000,000 project.
  • Shire of Northam - Aquatic Facility - Construction of a new sustainable aquatic facility, including a 50m public pool family leisure pool and ablutions. $3,200,000 towards the $8,060,000 project.
  • Shire of Nungarin - NEWROC Telecommunications Solution - Installing telecommunications infrastructure across the north eastern Wheatbelt. $701,875 towards the $958,500 project.
  • Shire of Williams - Lions Park Redevelopment - Refurbishment and revitalisation of a major rest stop for travellers and local community. $360,000 towards the $774,325 project. 
 Community Investments stream - 
  • Bruce Rock Parents and Citizens: True Blue Dreaming Mentor Program Evaluation $16,500
  • West Midlands Group: developing a unifying regional brand $20,000
  • Toodyay Chamber of Commerce: strategic brand and marketing plan Tourism $15,600
  • Shire of Chittering: Muchea Employment Node implementation project $120,263
Potential applicants for Round 2 are encouraged to develop their proposal now as projects must be 'shovel ready' to start promptly after funding is announced.
Please see below for resources and you are welcome to contact us for support but due to staff leave committments we request you do so now on 08 9575 1888 or 
Round 2 guidelines have yet to be released but Round 1 comprised of two funding streams.
1.    Infrastructure Investment Stream - applications up to $10m for ‘built’ investments – two applications per applicant permitted –
2.    Community Investment Stream – applications up to $10m for planning, events and community activities – two applications per applicant permitted 
The following resources are available to assist Wheatbelt applicants:
a.    Our office – please call Executive Officer Juliet Grist 0428 372 179 or call the office on 9575 1888 and we can provide guidance and are happy to provide constructive comment on your draft application.
b.    For guidelines and application form visit the Business website. Download the sample Infrastructure application and sample Community application forms.
c.   For tips see our  Developing Infrastructure Funding Proposals Manual (BBRF version).
d.    For detailed tips and advice, we have also prepared a series of tutorials.
This resource is available for Wheatbelt organisations only. 
        a. Tutorial 1 – An outline of the BBRF
        b. Tutorial 2 – The Business Case
        c. Tutorial 3 – Merit Criteria 1 – Economic Value
        d. Tutorial 4 – Merit Criteria 2 – Social Value
        e. Tutorial 5 – Merit Criteria 3 – Value for Money
        f. Tutorial 6 – Merit Criteria 4 -  Project Delivery

Each tutorial is around 30 minutes long and will provide helpful guidance for meeting the point requirement for each of the Merit Criteria.  To obtain access to these tutorials please contact Pippa on or 9575 1888.   
For "Letters of Support" we request project applications be submitted for review at least one week prior to the funding closing date, or preferably earlier, to allow support data and information to be prepared.