Regions fund deadline looms

Applicants have until 15 March to submit for funding under round three of the National Stronger Regions Fund, which funds priority infrastructure projects in regional communities.

Grants must be between $20,000 and $10 million and grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis except for applicants in remote and very remote locations.

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Motorists on the Princes Highway between Flynn and Rosedale will enjoy a smoother journey as they switch to a new section of road near Rosedale.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the traffic switch was a major step in the $260 million duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.

“The 8.3 kilometre section from Flynn to Rosedale is the longest in the overall project,” Mr Chester said.

The Federal Government is providing $210 million and the State Government $50 million to duplicate the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale. Construction from Flynn to Rosedale is expected to be completed in late 2016.