Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program

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Public consultation on the draft Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program Round 3 guidelines has closed. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

About the program

An additional $34 million for grants under the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (the program) was announced on 4 September 2020 by the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.

This funding will be provided through a single third round of the program, which is now open, to provide quick assistance to eligible Basin communities.

The program now provides up to $73 million in grants across all funding rounds.

Grants help eligible communities fund economic development projects to respond to the impacts of water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Outcomes for eligible communities include:

  • more job opportunities
  • increased diversification and strengthening of local economies
  • enhanced resilience to manage current and future economic challenges and changes – including the challenges faced by communities due to COVID-19.

Here’s how you had your say

Consultation on the draft Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program Round 3 guidelines opened on 18 December 2020 and closed on 22 January 2021.

You gave feedback through both an online survey and written submissions.

Who engaged

Thirteen respondents participated in the consultation. Nine responded via the online survey, three provided a written submission and one provided both an online survey response and written submission.

What you told us

Through the online survey and written submissions, you made suggestions on both the design and implementation of the program and provided suggestions for Round 3.

The independent analysis PDF (183 KB) of your responses is now available.

These documents summarise your feedback as well as the department’s response, including how feedback has been considered in the final guidelines and application processes.

Next steps

Round 3 of the program is now open, with applications closing on 12 April 2021.

To apply please visit Community Grants Hub and GrantConnect.

Information sessions for applicants on the Round 3 grant opportunity will be held on Thursday 11 March and Wednesday 17 March 2021. Details on how to register to participate in either of these sessions is available on the Community Grants Hub website or through contacting us at MDBEDP@awe.gov.au.

To be directly informed (via email) with updates about this round of the program or for future information please send an email to the Economic Development Program team at MDBEDP@awe.gov.au.

Please tell us your name, organisation, phone number and email address and we will include you on our program stakeholder contact list. This list is used to inform all those interested in the program about upcoming grant opportunities, round closing dates, round variations and program consultations.

For further information on the program please see our Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program webpage, or contact us at MDBEDP@awe.gov.au

Submissions

See all non-confidential, publicly available submissions in the document library.

Public consultation on the draft Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program Round 3 guidelines has closed. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

About the program

An additional $34 million for grants under the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program (the program) was announced on 4 September 2020 by the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.

This funding will be provided through a single third round of the program, which is now open, to provide quick assistance to eligible Basin communities.

The program now provides up to $73 million in grants across all funding rounds.

Grants help eligible communities fund economic development projects to respond to the impacts of water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Outcomes for eligible communities include:

  • more job opportunities
  • increased diversification and strengthening of local economies
  • enhanced resilience to manage current and future economic challenges and changes – including the challenges faced by communities due to COVID-19.

Here’s how you had your say

Consultation on the draft Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program Round 3 guidelines opened on 18 December 2020 and closed on 22 January 2021.

You gave feedback through both an online survey and written submissions.

Who engaged

Thirteen respondents participated in the consultation. Nine responded via the online survey, three provided a written submission and one provided both an online survey response and written submission.

What you told us

Through the online survey and written submissions, you made suggestions on both the design and implementation of the program and provided suggestions for Round 3.

The independent analysis PDF (183 KB) of your responses is now available.

These documents summarise your feedback as well as the department’s response, including how feedback has been considered in the final guidelines and application processes.

Next steps

Round 3 of the program is now open, with applications closing on 12 April 2021.

To apply please visit Community Grants Hub and GrantConnect.

Information sessions for applicants on the Round 3 grant opportunity will be held on Thursday 11 March and Wednesday 17 March 2021. Details on how to register to participate in either of these sessions is available on the Community Grants Hub website or through contacting us at MDBEDP@awe.gov.au.

To be directly informed (via email) with updates about this round of the program or for future information please send an email to the Economic Development Program team at MDBEDP@awe.gov.au.

Please tell us your name, organisation, phone number and email address and we will include you on our program stakeholder contact list. This list is used to inform all those interested in the program about upcoming grant opportunities, round closing dates, round variations and program consultations.

For further information on the program please see our Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program webpage, or contact us at MDBEDP@awe.gov.au

Submissions

See all non-confidential, publicly available submissions in the document library.