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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.
Blackall's Pathway to Health
Residents will gain easy access to health services when a circuit is built connecting the camp grounds on the Barcoo River to the Blackall Hospital.
Boulia Sewer upgrade project
The long-term sustainability of Boulia's sewer main will be ensured when the final stage of this key asset is relined.
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Revitalisation
Revitalisation of the Cherbourg Historical Precinct will see the restoration of five historical buildings and landscaping to complement and achieve harmony with the environment and the surrounding Cherbourg community.
Cherbourg Material Recovery Facility - Stage 2
Continued improvements to the Cherbourg Material Recycling Facility will upgrade existing production line equipment to improve reliability, increase annual product output from one tonne to three tonnes, and improve line processing efficiency, safety, and bottom line profitability.
Croydon Caravan Park Infrastructure Expansion
Visitor capacity at the Croydon Caravan Park will be increased from approximately 140 people to 220 people when additional powered camp sites, underground power access, water pipeline and water access points, additional family self-contained ensuite cabins, single room ensuite accommodation units and access roads are constructed.
Horn Island World War II Trail Restoration
Part of Queensland's WWII history will be preserved for the future and offer tourism opportunities when works are undertaken on Horn Island.
Hughenden Landfill Upgrade
Hughenden's current and future waste needs will be met when a new landfill cell is constructed.
Ilfracombe Bore Water Supply Project
The township of Ilfracombe's water supply will be assured in times of drought when a new bore is constructed to supplement current supply, improving liveability for the local community.
Jundah General Store and Road House
Jundah locals and visitors will soon benefit from a new fit-for-purpose retail, fuel and café facility that will improve community resilience and access to supplies during flood events.
Lockhart River Fibre Optic Project
Lockhart River will soon gain a new fibre optic network, providing reliable internet and communications connectivity.
Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Base
A new operations base for the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Rangers will optimise delivery of ranger programs, data collection, maintenance and work program management activities.
Richmond Lakeview Caravan Park Redevelopment
Visitors to the Richmond Lakeview Caravan Park will soon benefit from more accommodation options, including an additional 15 powered caravan sites and a new ensuite cabin.
Weigh Bridge Facility - Horn Island Quarry
The Horn Island Quarry will soon install a weigh bridge facility, allowing council to provide accurate quotes for its quarried materials and improving economic viability of the quarry.
Yarrabah Sewage Pump Stations Upgrade
Improvements to Yarrabah's sewerage system will allow for increased future demand and address community health concerns.
Yarrabah Waste Transfer Station
Stage 1 of a waste transfer station for the Yarrabah community will soon get under way, reducing the environmental footprint and volume of solid waste, and enabling council to tap into existing recycling and reuse programs offered by nearby Cairns Regional Council.

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