Infrastructure Funding Boost for the South West

The Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed a significant funding boost for small infrastructure projects in the 2015 Budget.

“The Coalition Government’s new Stronger Communities Programme will provide $45 million over two years to fund small capital projects in local communities,” Mrs Marino said.

“Each local electorate including our community will receive funding of $150,000 per year over two years, to support projects that deliver social benefits.

“I will be consulting closely with eligible organisations in Forrest to identify high‑priority projects,” Mrs Marino said.

“Between $1,000 and $20,000 will be made available to reputable, not-for-profit organisations for local projects.

“Grants will fund projects that will yield significant social benefits and can be delivered within the two-year lifespan of the programme.

“I look forward to seeing new local projects for a stronger community, and to the people of Forrest benefitting from this programme.

“The 2015 Budget is the next step in the Government’s responsible, long-term economic plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.”

Guidelines for the Programme will be available shortly on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website at