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 .

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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