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The Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund is open to local governments of remote and Indigenous communities.

Local government eligibility has been predominantly determined on geographical grounds using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Remoteness Structure, which divides each state and territory into several regional categories, providing a measure of remoteness for each local government area.

Local governments eligible for funding under the Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund are those categorised by the ABS as predominately 'Remote' and/or 'Very Remote'. All Indigenous local governments, regardless of their status under the remoteness structure, are eligible to apply under this fund.

Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund
Eligible local governments
BarcooEtheridgeMurwehTorres Strait Island
BouliaHope ValeNorthern PeninsulaWoorabinda
CherbourgKowanyamaPalm IslandWujal Wujal
CookLockhart RiverParooYarrabah

Use the interactive web map to view project locations across Queensland. Alternatively, refer to the maps below:

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Project Round
Birdsville Caravan Park Redevelopment
The number of visitors flocking to Birdsville for the annual races, the Big Red Run or an Outback holiday is expected to rise following upgrades to the caravan park, including new cabins, showers, toilets, camp kitchen and powered campsites.
Boulia Reservoir Upgrade
Boulia's 250 residents, plus the thousands of tourists who fill up before heading to and from the Great Sandy Desert, can look forward to better quality drinking water when a new roof is installed on the 1140kL reservoir, removing the danger of contamination from birds and animals.
Charleville West Water Supply project
A new 800m-deep bore will save around 100 Charleville homes and businesses from losing access to the town water supply during floods, and will provide capacity for up to 100 new developments on the western side of the river.
Cooktown Airport Aviation Park
Cooktown is setting its sights on becoming a major servicing centre in the South Pacific for fixed and rotary wing aircraft with the development of three industrial estate allotments at the airport that will lead to local jobs and private investment.
Cunnamulla Sewerage System Upgrade
Residents and visitors will benefit from an improved sewerage system that includes upgrading three pumping stations to comply with new industry standards, improve flow efficiency and ensure ongoing capacity for the town.
Cunnamulla Watermain Upgrade
Cunnamulla's fire-fighting capabilities, ongoing capacity, future development and growing tourist numbers are being catered for with an upgrade to the water main network that will replace the asbestos cement pipes and deliver better pressure and flow.
Donohue Highway Emergency Landing Strip
Widening and sealing a 2km section of the Donohue Highway between Boulia and the Northern Territory border will enable the Royal Flying Doctor Service to make emergency landings and motorists to safely overtake road trains.
Kowanyama Mechanical Workshop Upgrade
The workshop's new roof and electrical system means the maintenance of council vehicles and equipment will be carried out more safely and efficiently, with training opportunities available for work experience students and apprentices.
Lockhart River Water Park
Lockhart River's water park will not only provide a safe place for families and children to socialise and play together, but is expected to boost attendance at the primary school through a "no school, no water park" policy.
New Water Reservoir - Georgetown
Georgetown's new 3mL water reservoir will meet legislative requirements for capacity, plus current and future demands of the growth expected from potential irrigation and energy projects in the region.
St George Airport Infrastructure Upgrade
Safety will be improved for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Angel Flight, especially in poor weather and at night, as well as for the twice-weekly passenger services.
St George Effective Effluent Re-use Project
An irrigation system using treated effluent water to grow lucerne will create an ongoing commercial operation that also reduces the volume of waste held in storage, cutting the risk of seepages and overflows.
Tambo Sawmill Infrastructure Upgrade
Upgrading the machinery and equipment at the council-owned sawmill will improve its efficiency and safety ahead of its planned re-commissioning as a commercial operation, bringing jobs and new residents to the town.
Thargomindah Airport Terminal
The new terminal will deliver an improved and welcoming gateway to Thargomindah, boost tourist and FIFO numbers through more flights, and offer locals better links to health and education.
Winton Shire Geothermal Power Generation
Winton's world-famous Waltzing Matilda Centre and all other key council facilities and assets will soon be powered by "green" geothermal energy, saving council thousands of dollars annually in electricity bills and ensuring a reliable and more sustainable power supply.
Cherbourg Material Recovery Facility Upgrade
Cherbourg Material Recovery Facility will have six times its current capacity and be able to handle up to 1500 tonnes of waste in a safer, more environmentally friendly way.
Aurukun Sewer Upgrade
Proposed development of new housing and the opening of the Three Rivers Community Centre will now be possible with a much-needed sewer upgrade that increases capacity of the system.
Forsayth Water Treatment Plant
Forsayth's water quality and population growth needs will be met through an upgrade to the water treatment plant.
Mapoon Fitness Centre
Mapoon will promote a healthy lifestyle and gain a new fitness centre through an upgrade of the existing 20-year-old sport and recreation hall.
Mornington Shire Council Service Station Upgrade
An upgrade to Mornington's service station and mechanical workshop will provide new lighting, safety and spill containment/drainage infrastructure servicing an 520km2 area and making it compliant with safety regulations.
Mornington Shire Fuel Facility Upgrade
Mornington will have new maritime fuel storage and delivery systems to meet relevant safety and environmental standards for the 4000 marine vessels operating in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Outdoor Extension to the Napranum PCYC Building
The young Indigenous people of Napranum will gain a much-needed leisure and recreational gathering space with an extension to the community's existing PCYC building.
Pormpuraaw Water Upgrades Project
Pormpuraaw's water supply will be protected through critical upgrades to the water infrastructure, addressing a range of community health and amenity issues.
Water Reticulation and Drainage for Industrial Estate – Richmond
Critical water infrastructure will service a newly established 33-lot industrial subdivision, enabling economic development and driving prosperity in the shire.
Hughenden Aerodrome Security and Animal Proof Fence
Hughenden Aerodrome will get a new security fence, preventing large animals from entering the runway area which potentially endangers aircraft crew and passengers during take-off and landing, and causes delays.
Palm Island Sports Precinct – Essential Services Upgrade
Reinstated essential services for the safe operation of the Palm Island Sports Precinct will increase the number of sport and recreation activities available, in turn assisting to address health issues such as cardiovascular disease, mental illness and type 2 diabetes in the community.
Charleville Industrial Precinct – Stage 1
Existing demand and expected future development will be supported by a new industrial precinct in Charleville.
Charleville Levee Bank Erosion Remediation
The levee has proved itself invaluable in protecting Charleville. With the levee's integrity reinforced, businesses can rely on continual protection during flooding events, meaning they can remain in the area with confidence and plan for future growth.
Dirranbandi Kerb and Channel Works – Kirby Street
Localised flooding after heavy rainfall in Dirranbandi will be reduced when existing drainage infrastructure is replaced.
St George Kerb and Channel Works – Andrew Street
Improved stormwater channelling and drainage will reduce flooding in times of heavy rain when works are undertaken at Andrew Street, St George.
St George Kerb and Channel Works – Murchison Street
Improvements to St George stormwater drainage infrastructure will make the drainage system more efficient and better protect the town from flooding.

View Building our Regions–funded projects on the interactive map.