Mr TAYLOR (Hume) (13:45): I rise today to highlight a significant program funded under the coalition government, which has provided major infrastructure improvements in my electorate of Hume: the Building Better Regions Fund. Mayors, councillors and community members are deeply concerned about the future of this program.
The Goulburn Mulwaree Council used BBRF funding to build an irrigation scheme using treated effluent to green our local playing fields, parks and gardens, in turn saving water and protecting these green spaces during droughts. BBRF delivered the upgrade of a new museum and car park at Rocky Hill and a new sporting pavilion at Seiffert Oval. It contributed to phase 2 of the Wollondilly River Walkway, and it has funded the build of a new accommodation facility to meet the needs of people with disabilities in the local community. Through BBRF the historic Picton post office got a new lease of life, revamped into a smart work hub. BBRF provided much needed additional investment in our rural road network, including down to the Wombeyan Caves, that beautiful part of Australia.
These projects have helped our community grow and thrive. All regional MPs on this side of this place want to continue to see this kind of investment in our regions, this focus on the crucial part of Australia in our regions. This fund is helping to build the kinds of regional communities we're proud of and we know our kids and grandkids will want to come back to. It's supporting new jobs, additional jobs, in regional Australia.