Community Benefit Programme

In 2017-18 the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme (the programme) will provide up to $2 million for both the Barndioota and Kimba communities (totalling $4 million).

  • The minimum grant amount per application is $5,000
  • The maximum grant amount per application is $1 million
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs
  • The project must be completed within 2 years and cannot extend past 30 June 2020.

Grants will be provided to successful applicants who are undertaking projects that will provide a social and/or economic benefit to local communities in and around Barndioota and Kimba in South Australia.

The programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to assist local communities while the site selection and establishment phases are underway, and acknowledges the community’s contribution to this important task and any short-term disruptions the site assessment for the project might have.

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Successful projects funded near Barndioota in 2016-17

Eleven projects in the Hawker and Quorn regions of South Australia are being funded under the previous Community Benefit Programme round.

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, said the funding supports the region around a successfully shortlisted site, acknowledging the community’s contribution to this national project and short-term disruption while detailed technical reviews and community engagement were conducted to determine the site’s suitability.

“The applications covered activities ranging from support for tourism, economic and business development and community improvement in the local region,” Senator Canavan said.

“The projects selected all demonstrate social and economic benefits to the local region around the nominated site on Wallerberdina Station, near Hawker, in South Australia.

“These applications were considered using a merit assessment process and taking into account input from the community.”

The program received 17 applications. The projects selected include support for:

  • the development of an undercover fish and plant growing facility venture near Quorn;
  • a significant refurbishment of the historic Hawker Institute building;
  • installation of two purpose-built aged care independent living units in Hawker, and
  • the installation of disabled amenities at the Hawker racetrack.                                                                                                                           

“Even though the program guidelines did not require matching contributions, the 11 approved projects will receive an additional $391,033 in cash and in-kind contributions creating a total investment of almost $2.4 million,” Senator Canavan said.

A list of successful projects is available here


Community Benefit Programme Guidelines (PDF 216KB, DOC 150KB)