Regional Development Australia Fund – Round 1 Recipients


35 projects shared in almost $150 million under the 1st round of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF). With a total of 553 applications, your chances of success was only 6%.

Funding Analysis

An analysis of the Regional Development Australia Fund round 1 results indicates that the percentage of the project funded also varied significantly.

Compare Wollongong City Council with a project size of $4.83 M and recieving 48% funding compared with Lismore City Council with a $5.99 M project and receiving 83% of funding. Clearly some councils are not asking for enough from the Regional Development Australia Fund .

Grant Range#Min Funding
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Round 2 of the Regional Development Australia Fund will open in November and is likely to be more competitive with many rebids being submitted. In order to structure your bid to be more competitive and not be counted in the 94% of unfunded bids, contact us to see why we are the leader in obtaining large infrastructure grants.

Regional Development Australia Fund – Round 1 Recipients

CouncilProject DescriptionGrant
Ballina Shire CouncilBallina Byron Gateway Airport Apron Extension Project.The project will upgrade and extend the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport apron parking bays, taxiway and hardstand area to allow for parking of three jet aircraft at a time. These improvements will provide capacity for additional passenger movements.$3.5m
Gosford City CouncilRefurbishment of the Coast Community CentreThe project will refurbish the existing facility to provide access to a larger number of individuals. It will directly assist socially and financially disadvantaged members of the community by providing free meals and support services.$890,000
Bega Valley Shire CouncilFour Winds: Building Nature’s Concert HallThe project will result in a centre with facilities for large and small cultural events. The centre will consist of a large open-air amphitheatre with an adjacent greenroom, and a multipurpose 250 square metre indoor hall with an adjacent meeting room, kitchen and toilets.$1.67m
Griffith City CouncilUpgrade to Griffith Airport (Terminal and Main Apron)The project will double the existing floor space of the Griffith Airport terminal, which will provide suitable space to cater for projected passenger numbers for the next 30 years. The project also includes green initiatives to help reduce the environmental footprint of the terminal.$1.9m
Newcastle City CouncilExpanding the capacity of the Hunter Valley Research FoundationThe project will expand the capacity of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation (HVRF), enhancing its capacity to meet the emerging information needs of the Hunter community into the future. By providing a comprehensive understanding of regional economic and social limitations and issues, HVRF helps people to make better decisions about development and expansion.$698,000
Lismore City CouncilLismore City Hall UpgradeThe project will improve access and performance support facilities at Lismore City Hall, allowing a broader range of performers to use the venue, including those with disabilities. The hall upgrade will also allow different types of performing arts to come to the region, for example trapeze acts or flying elements, which cannot currently be catered for at the venue.$4.96m
Newcastle City CouncilNewcastle Region Art Gallery Redevelop- mentThe project will expand the established Newcastle Art Gallery, increasing usable space to over 2,300 square metres over two levels. New facilities will include a theatrette, function space, cafe and retails shops. This will encourage further investment in the commercialisation and production of local and regional art.$7.0 m
Armidale Dumaresq CouncilFreeman House – Rebuild for Regional Health, Education and Communities ProjectThis project will rebuild the Freeman House Complex, which houses a specialist Homelessness & Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Rehabilitation service and education program. The build design and process incorporates innovative professional, environmental and heritage standards.$8.0m
Wollongong City CouncilYouth Off The Streets – Project CordeauxThe project will refurbish the existing facility, transforming it into a modern, environmentally conscious facility providing services based on innovative therapeutic models and rehabilitation for high needs, disengaged young people.$2.26m
Greater Bendigo City CouncilSandhurst (Bendigo) Community Theatre ComplexThe project will provide a commercial grade 1000-seat theatre complex in Bendigo that will offer music, dance and drama studios, general learning areas, a commercial kitchen and an upgraded theatre entrance foyer and other amenities.$12.3m
City of Greater GeelongThe new Geelong Library and Heritage CentreThe project will construct a new library and heritage centre for the Geelong region to provide access to career resources, create an informed community, focus on cultural and artistic development and provide free and universal access to IT infrastructure, digital literacy and technological resources.$10.0m
City of Greater GeelongSkilled Stadium Redevelop- ment – Stage 3 (Southern Stand)The project will develop Stage three of the Skilled Stadium in Geelong. The development includes a new grand stand, incorporating a wellness and education centre, a sports museum, permanent broadcast screens and improved public facilities. These facilities will increase the function space available to the Geelong region to levels not currently available and provide a centre for development of social, sporting and cultural activities. The new facilities will also expand the potential to attract sporting events to the region.$10.00
Southern Grampians Shire CouncilLake Hamilton Regional All Abilities Playground and Foreshore Redevelop- mentThis project will construct and develop the Lake Hamilton foreshore and provide a significant enhancement of the built environment in the region. The development will provide the community with an all abilities playground, an active themed foreshore area and jetty. The Lake Hamilton after the redevelopment will provide locals and visitors with an attractive centre for activities and play in the Southern Grampians Shire.$1.05m
Hepburn Shire CouncilClunes Community and Interpretive Centre.The project will incorporate visitor information services, the Clunes Museum, exhibition spaces and the Clunes library. These facilities will provide a vibrant centre and a functional community space for community activity and employment and training opportunities.$2.7m
Bundaberg Regional CouncilBundaberg Recreational PrecinctThe project will redevelop an existing recreational area into the region’s premium events and recreation facility. This includes the construction of a roofed equestrian facility to attract significant events from throughout the region and State to assist with sporting tourism and the region’s overall profile.$4.0m
Fraser Coast Regional CouncilLifeline Youth, Community Counselling, Education and Training FacilitiesThe project will construct facilities to allow LCC to delivers free counselling and support services to the communities in the region. In addition to this service, space within the development will also be used as the Central Control Office for coordination of LCC’s role as the First Response- Psychological First Aid following natural disasters.$1.03m
Sunshine Coast Regional CouncilMaleny Community Centre Social Enterprise Capacity Building Renovation Stage 1BThe project will improve access to the community centre, provide additional community and commercial spaces, install broadband infrastructure, construct a new roof solar power system and water tanks and will extend the upper story over the footpath to provide weather protection for a gathering space beneath.$1.65m
Somerset Regional CouncilSomerset Civic CentreThe project will provide a 350-seat capacity Somerset Civic Centre in Esk. The centre will include an auditorium with stage, backstage areas and dressing rooms, together with a multifunction room and associated amenities. Specific space will also be devoted to disaster coordination centre activities.$2.0m
Rockhampton Regional CouncilRockhampton Southside Memorial Pool Redevelop- mentThis project will redevelop the existing pool facility to FINA international competition standards, allowing it to host inter-regional, state, national and international swimming events. The facility will also be accessible to people with disability. Warm-down facilities for other adult and youth sports players will also be constructed.$5.0m
Townsville City CouncilMagnetic Island Walkway Project – Nelly Bay to ArcadiaThis project will construct a protected walkway along Arcadia Road to link the main centres of tourism and residential activity on Magnetic Island. This will provide safe and scenic access for tourists and residents.$4.79m
Anangu Pitjatjantjara Yankunytjatja ra (APY)APY Art Centres 2030The project will upgrade and build new art centre infrastructure at Iwantja, Mimili, Kaltjiti, Ernabella, Amata and Kalka on the APY Lands to enable increased access to art centre programs and to increase Indigenous employment opportunities in the arts and associated work.$2.84m
The  Barossa CouncilThe Tanunda to Gawler Shared Bicycle/ Walking PathThe project will construct a new shared bicycle and walking path from Tanunda to Gawler in support of the region’s reputation as a cycle- friendly tourist area.$4.81m
Flinders Ranges CouncilEnergizing The Flinders – A green energy infrastructure project for The FlindersThe project will install solar power systems at 10 locations across the Flinders region, and 84 solar lights throughout the region at local community places, such as playgrounds, monuments, walking-bike trails, and recreation and sporting areas.$914,672
District Council of Lower Eyre PeninsulaPort Lincoln Airport UpgradeThe project includes the construction of a new purpose built terminal building and car park. The project will also deliver facilities to security screen passengers and baggage, while improving the amenity for travellers by providing quality passenger services and facilities, including air conditioning and a cafe.$4.5m
District Council of Streaky BayDevelopment of the Streaky Bay Oval PrecinctThe project will construct a new community complex, gymnasium/activities room and two synthetic bowling greens at the Streaky Bay Oval Precinct. This will provide greater opportunities for community interaction and the capacity to host regional events and conferences.$1.72m
Port Pirie Regional CouncilPort Pirie Men’s Shed and Community Centre Complex Rebuild ProjectThe project will reconstruct the Port Pirie Men’s Shed and Community Centre Complex to support current and expanded training and employment activities for disadvantaged people and families in the region.$1.11m
Shire of KatanningKatanning Regional Sheep SaleyardsThe project will relocate and construct a new state-of-the-art sheep saleyards in Katanning to support improved compliance with OH&S regulations, environmental legislation and animal welfare regulations.$7.42m
Shire of BroomeKimberley Land Council Office ProjectThe project will construct a purpose built facility for the Kimberley Land Council, to house all employees in the one location and allow the council’s work to expand. The project will also provide opportunities to indigenous communities for training in the construction industry and creation of employment.$4.9m
City of RockinghamBaldivis Library and Community CentreThe project will construct a library and community centre within the Baldivis Town Centre. The centre will provide amenities to support the local community, including a contemporary library encompassing literature, multimedia collections, e-services, e-training areas, early childhood and youth activity areas, study and outdoor reading spaces, staff amenities, storage and customer service.$5.57m
Alice Springs Town CouncilAlice Springs Regional Waste Management CentreThe project will provide Central Australia with an economically viable and environmentally sustainable waste management system with capacity to service the region for the next 30 years.$3.5m
Darwin City CouncilHIA Multi Purpose Building Industry Training Centre – DarwinThe project will construct a dedicated training facility to support the housing and construction industry in the Northern Territory. The facility will provide building industry training and support services, apprenticeships and training, with a particular focus on disadvantaged youth.$3.25m
Glenorchy City CouncilGlenorchy Art & Sculpture Park- Stage 2This project will construct new shared paths, landscaping, and a building space. The park will provide essential infrastructure critical to enabling access to the pedestrian and ferry connections to Museum of Old and New Art, and Hobart.$2.32m
Hobart City CouncilMeeting Regional Needs: Delivering a Paediatric Regional Centre of ExcellenceThe project will build a new multi-purpose Paediatric Allied Health Centre in West Hobart. This centre will deliver an integrated paediatric allied health service and e-health solutions across Southern Tasmania.$4.31m


Detailed project summaries

Under Round One, grants of between $500,000 and $25 million will support 35 projects across the country. Click for detailed information on each project below.

New South Wales

  • Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Apron Extension Project – Ballina [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][PDFPDF: 208 KB]
  • Refurbishment of the Coast Community Centre – Gosford [PDFPDF: 447 KB]
  • Four Winds: Building Nature’s Concert Hall – Bega Valley [PDFPDF: 387 KB]
  • Upgrade to Griffith Airport (Terminal and Main Apron) – Griffith [PDFPDF: 308 KB]
  • Expanding the capacity of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation – Hunter Valley [PDFPDF: 94 KB]
  • Lismore City Hall Upgrade – Lismore [PDFPDF: 337 KB]
  • Newcastle Region Art Gallery Redevelopment – Hunter Valley [PDFPDF: 320 KB]
  • Freeman House – Rebuild for Regional Health, Education and Communities Project – Armidale [PDFPDF: 282 KB]
  • Youth Off The Streets – Project Cordeaux – Illawarra [PDFPDF: 220 KB]


  • Sandhurst (Bendigo) Community Theatre Complex – Bendigo [PDFPDF: 495 KB]
  • The new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre – Geelong [PDFPDF: 397 KB]
  • Skilled Stadium Redevelopment – Stage 3 (Southern Stand) – Geelong [PDFPDF: 475 KB]
  • Lake Hamilton Regional All Abilities Playground and Foreshore Redevelopment – Grampians [PDFPDF: 734 KB]
  • Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre – Clunes [PDFPDF: 346 KB]


  • Bundaberg Recreational Precinct [PDFPDF: 382 KB]
  • Upper Coomera Community and Youth Hub – Gold Coast [PDFPDF: 406 KB]
  • Lifeline Youth, Community Counselling, Education and Training Facilities – Fraser Coast [PDFPDF: 160 KB]
  • Maleny Community Centre Social Enterprise Capacity Building Renovation Stage 1B – Sunshine Coast [PDFPDF: 296 KB]
  • Somerset Civic Centre – Esk [PDFPDF: 265 KB]
  • Rockhampton Southside Memorial Pool Redevelopment – Rockhampton [PDFPDF: 315 KB]
  • Magnetic Island Walkway Project – Nelly Bay to Arcadia – Magnetic Island [PDFPDF: 1091 KB]

South Australia

  • APY Art Centres 2030 – APY Lands [PDFPDF: 358 KB]
  • The Tanunda to Gawler Shared Bicycle/Walking Path – Barossa Valley [PDFPDF: 404 KB]
  • Energizing The Flinders – A green energy infrastructure project for The Flinders – Flinders Ranges [PDFPDF: 485 KB]
  • Port Lincoln Airport Upgrade – Port Lincoln [PDFPDF: 462 KB]
  • Development of the Streaky Bay Oval Precinct – Streaky Bay [PDFPDF: 513 KB]
  • Port Pirie Men’s Shed and Community Centre Complex Rebuild Project – Port Pirie [PDFPDF: 383 KB]

Western Australia

  • Katanning Regional Sheep Saleyards – Katanning [PDFPDF: 220 KB]
  • Kimberley Land Council Office Project – Broome [PDFPDF: 178 KB]
  • Baldivis Library and Community Centre – Rockingham [PDFPDF: 257 KB]
  • Karratha Leisure Complex – Karratha [PDFPDF: 170 KB]

Northern Territory

  • Alice Springs Regional Waste Management Centre – Alice Springs [PDFPDF: 134 KB]
  • HIA Multi Purpose Building Industry Training Centre – Darwin [PDFPDF: 393 KB]


  • Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park – Stage 2 – Glenorchy [PDFPDF: 295 KB]
  • Meeting Regional Needs: Delivering a Paediatric Regional Centre of Excellence – Hobart [PDFPDF: 356 KB]


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