$2m nuclear fund applications opens

Applications have opened for the $2-million community benefit package that is part of phase two of consultation on the potential National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in Kimba.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan released the guidelines for the applications on Wednesday.

“The Community Benefit Program provides funding for projects that will deliver social or economic benefits for the communities located near sites being considered for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility,” Mr Canavan said.

“The program recognises the community’s contribution and short-term disruption as the detailed consultation and technical assessments are underway.

“This is the second year of the program being available in Barndioota and the first in Kimba.”

Mr Canavan said the program was now open for applications and closed at 5pm AEDT on Monday, February 5, 2018.

He said the applications would be assessed by AusIndustry and community committees to ensure they delivered social and economic outcomes, against criteria specified in the guidelines.

“These include the capacity and capability to carry out the project; the benefit to the community the project will achieve; and the value for money offered by the project,” he said.

“There is a wide range of possibilities for these projects but delivering long-lasting benefits to the local area is the primary objective.”

In 2017, 11 projects were funded, including refurbishment of the Hawker Institute, delivery of new equipment for movie nights and infrastructure and housing upgrades at Yappala Station.

He said staff at the Kimba project office and representatives from AusIndustry would be available to assist community members and local businesses through the application process.

In order to be eligible for funding, projects should benefit communities within the Kimba District Council area.

To find out more about the Community Benefit Program including the guidelines go to www.business.gov.au or contact us on 132 846.