Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

Round Five - Infrastructure Projects Stream

Announced 8 October 2021

City of Albany, Albany Motorsport Park. $4,990,000 towards a total project cost of $9,990,000. The project will construct a multipurpose motorsport park in Albany.

Round Five - Community Investments Stream

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc, Bremer Bay Regional Trails Masterplan. $20,000 towards a total project cost of $20,000. The project will develop a strategic plan for recreational trails around the greater Bremer Bay area.

City Of Albany, Albany 2026-Discover Kinjarling. $270,000 towards a total project cost of $675,000. The project will contribute to the planning for Western Australia's bicentenary celebrations in Albany in 2026, by developing strategic and marketing plans.

Yongergnow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre Inc, Being a better Boss – Workshop. $6,118 towards a total project cost of $7,338. The project will deliver the 'Being a Better Boss' workshop to business owners and farm managers from the primary sector impacted by a lack of seasonal workers due to COVID-19. The project aims to provide the skills to become an employer of choice, retain staff and thereby encourage workers to remain living and working in the local area.


Round Four - Infrastructure Projects Stream

Announced 5th June 2020

Shire of Jerramungup, Jerramungup Swimming Pool Upgrade Project. $2,100,000 towards a total project cost of $4,200,000. The project will deliver a new public swimming pool and supporting infrastructure to replace current pool facilities located within the Jerramungup District High School Precinct.


Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club (Inc), Refurbish BHCSC clubhouse facility. $542,985 towards a total project cost of $1,085,970.  The project will upgrade the infrastructure at Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club.


Round Four - Community Investments Stream

The Western Australian Operation Co. Inc., Bran Nue Dae Regional Tour (additional week in Southwest WA). $200,000 towards a total project cost of $715,563. The project will deliver a regional tour of the musical theatre production Bran Nue Dae to the regional towns of Albany and Esperance in Western Australia.


Round Three - Infrastructure Projects Stream

Announced 10 March 2019 - No Infrastructure projects successful in the Great Southern Region.


Round Three - Community Investments Stream

Announced 10 March 2019

Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Limited, Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan. $129,482 towards a total project cost of $347,355. This project will deliver a Regional Trails Master Plan for the Great Southern region of WA over a ten year period.  The Plan will outline an infrastructure development program for a wide range of trail experiences suited to different user groups across the region.


Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Limited, Great Southern Learning Adventures Strategic Marketing Plan. $20,000 for a total project cost of $20,000. This project will deliver a strategic marketing and communications plan focusing on the promotion of the natural, cultural and heritage assets of the Great Southern region of Western Australia.


Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc., Regional Capacity and Capability. $19,715 towards a total project cost of $19,715. This project will deliver a professional development program and funding diversification workshop which will help the Fitzgerald Biosphere Community Collective (FBCC) build support, network and ensure financial sustainability of the group in the region.


Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc., Mapping the Gaps, Planning for Growth. $19,836 for a total project cost of $19,836. The project will deliver a sustainability survey for the Fitzgerald Biosphere region - a UNESCO-recognised ecosystem in the southern part of WA. The survey will gather information from industry and community to inform policy development and business activity.  The project will deliver a public event to present the results of the survey.


City of Albany, Butterflies of Corbie Exhibition at the National Anzac Centre.  $20,000 for a total project cost of $41,000.  The project will showcase the Butterflies of Corbie collection from France as a temporary exhibition at the National Anzac Centre in Albany from November 2019 to Anzac Day 2020.


Shire of Katanning, Katanning Economic Activation Project. $19,800 for a total project cost of $19,800.  The project will provide facilitated development sessions for up to four industry cluster groups, involving - cluster development; Planning for collaboration; Mentoring for success; and the development of the Katanning Harmony Festival food business; a three year programme to facilitate the development of emerging food businesses in Katanning.


Shire of Gnowangerup, Digital Education: A Cultural Change in the Community.  $33,160 for a total project cost of $48,160. The project will develop and deliver a series of digital capability programs to improve digital literacy and participation across the region.


Round Two - Infrastructure Projects Stream

Announced 9 July 2018

City of Albany, Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement. $4,513,500 towards a total project cost of $9,027,000. The project will include foreshore development and revitalisation, and coastal protection measures.


Round Two -Community Investments Stream

Announced 4 July 2018 - No projects successful in the Great Southern Region


Round One - Community Investments Stream

Announced 22 September 2017

Shire of Katanning, Katanning Business Activation Project. $20,000 towards a total project cost of $20,000.  A joint project between the Shire of Katanning the the Katanning Regional business Association to engage in business development and activation activities as well as create a business centre to support, mentor and train new and start-up businesses.

South Coast Natural Resource Management Incorporated, Southern Prospects 2018-2023. $74,238 towards a total project cost of $99,238.  A revised South Coast Regional Strategy to guide natural resource management on the south cost of Western Australia.

South West Catchments Council, Talkin' Soil Health 2018 Conference
. $26,160 towards a total project cost of 54,110. Funding for two keynote speakers to attend structured conferences and facilitate practical workshops on biological controls and solutions to promote crop yields and control pests and disease.  This will happen over three consecutive conferences in seven days at three locations, including Katanning, with the aim of increasing knowledge and skills for adopting innovative and sustainable agricultural practices.

Southern Edge Arts Incorporated, RISK Youth Circus Project. $57,376 towards a total project cost of $150,714.  An annual program of weekly circus skills workshops for at risk, indigenous youths, with ongoing mentorship and performance opportunities for young participants.  Twelve weeks of mask making and stencil art workshops to increase emotional literacy around anger and family violence, resulting in a public art project in the city centre.

City of Albany, Anzac Albany 2018. $395,000 towards a total project cost of $790,000.  A commemorative and community program marking the final year of the Centenary of Anzac in Albany.  The program runs from April to November and includes memorial services, festivals and an event hub.

FORM Building A State of Creativity Inc, Public Train and Silo Trail Project.  $280,000 towards a total project cost of $880,000. Development of a cultural tourism trail across key regions of WA's south/east that transforms significant Western Australian infrastructural icons into artworks, enabling regional communities to reap economic and social benefits.


Round One - Infrastructure Projects Stream

Announced 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.