8October 2021



The Murray region has secured more than $5 million in funding through the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to create jobs, improve infrastructure and build stronger communities.

Seven projects in the towns of Barooga, Corowa, Jerilderie, Moama, and Wentworth will receive the funding boost, with the completed projects expected to bring more than $10 million in economic and infrastructural improvement to the region.

Successful projects in the Murray Region include:

  • Barooga Sports Club: $335,000 to upgrade the golf course
  • Corowa Golf Club: $178,591 to replace air conditioning
  • Rich River Golf Club: $783,000 for an irrigation system upgrade
  • Wentworth Shire Council: $713,339 for the development of a Community Space and Convention Centre
  • Jerilderie Preschool Kindergarten: $133,000 for a playground for the Jerilderie Long Day Care Centre
  • Murray River Council: $2,902,469 for a new Community Preschool
  • Destination Riverina Murray: $56,950 for developing a dedicated business mentoring program to support new and existing businesses across the Riverina Murray region.

Regional Development Australia Murray (RDA Murray) CEO Edwina Hayes said she was delighted with the number of successful projects across the region.

“The Murray region did very well indeed, and this is a fantastic outcome both for the successful applicants and for the region as a whole. These kinds of projects will build the infrastructure that will continue to develop and drive the economy of our region, creating local jobs and opportunities and making our region an even better place to live and visit.”

Mrs Hayes said RDA Murray is very proud to have supported local applicants to develop sound projects and write high quality applications. 18 applications were submitted from the region with an outstanding success rate.

“One of the main purposes of RDA Murray is to work with stakeholders to identify economic opportunities for our region and support local organisations to attract investment. We were thrilled at the number and quality of applications we were involved with during this round of applications. RDA Murray is so excited to be able to support projects that we know will play such a vital role in growing and developing the Murray region. These results truly reflect the time and teamwork put into the applications by our local organisations and communities,” Mrs Hayes said.

RDA Murray Board Chair, Mrs Mary Hoodless commended regional leaders for such a strong showing of coordinated and focused effort. Mrs Hoodless acknowledged the guidance and contribution of Minister Sussan Ley and Nicola James, Regional Manager, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

A full list of funding recipients can be found here

ResizedImage600572 RDA Murray CEO Edwina Hayes with General Manager of Wentworth Shire Ken Ross
From left: RDA Murray CEO Edwina Hayes with General Manager of Wentworth Shire Ken Ross at the site of the new Wentworth Community Space and Convention Centre

Further details:

Edwina Hayes

Chief Executive Officer: Regional Development Australia Murray Inc

Ph: 0427 267 753  communications@rdamurray.org.au