Major Investment in South West Projects

8th October 2021

The Federal Government has announced major funding for 5 projects in the South West under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Projects to receive funding include:

• The redevelopment of Hands Oval to a new multi-purpose elite sporting facility for the City of Bunbury
• Upgrade and extend the existing visitor experience centre for Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA).
• The Lost and Found Festival for the Ferguson Valley Marketing Inc
• Expansion of the Perth International Jazz Festival into Busselton on the foreshore.
• The inaugural 10-day Fine Vines Festival in Cowaramup for the Margaret River Wine Association.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said this investment will deliver better facilities and economic opportunities for the South West with significant project costs injected into the local economy.

“I have worked closely with local councils and community groups to identify these projects to ensure local people have the facilities for the future, while creating jobs to boost economic recovery from COVID-19 in the South West.

“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest round will ensure the South West remains a great place to live and visit, while helping to create local jobs and support important regional industries.

Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9,900 jobs during the project period.

This latest funding round takes total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit