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Funding flows for Southwest projects

The Australian Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities, with the Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee and Country Music Club of Boyup Brook to receive a share of more than $1 million in Federal funding under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s award-winning Tackling Tough Times Together program.

“The Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee will put the $10,000 they’ll receive to good use in restoring the kitchen at the hall,” Mr Wilson said.

“This will build the catering capacity of the hall in a project that has an overall cost of $78,680.”

Mr Wilson said he was delighted that the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook would receive $56,020 to hire equipment for the 2022 Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

“The club has been operating since 1979 and the festival, first held in 1986, is recognised nationally,” Mr Wilson said.

“It’s great that the Federal Government is able to support a nationally significant event that is close to the hearts of Boyup Brook locals.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said this latest injection of Government support for 32 individual projects nationwide came at a critical time.

“This funding is being delivered directly to grassroots, community-led initiatives to benefit local communities that have been hardest-hit, providing immediate support as we continue to weather the impacts of the pandemic,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The Australian Government’s $15 million commitment to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program is already supporting hundreds of projects run by local groups.

“While we’ve seen good rainfall in some parts of Australia, the impacts of drought are long-term and far-reaching, which is why it is vital this Government continues to back our regions to support a more secure and resilient Australia.”

  • David Littleproud said a number of projects would deliver outcomes that boost community identity and sense of place, which is crucial for the wellbeing of Australia’s rural and remote communities.

“This Government has provided over $11 billion since 2018-19 to assist farmers, regional businesses and communities experiencing drought and this is just one commitment that provides immediate support to those communities as they bounce back from the effects of drought,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The Tackling Tough Times Together program is a rolling grants program and I encourage drought-affected communities to apply for the next open round of funding.”



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.