The Kimba region will benefit from another $2 million in grants, acting as a recognition of the strain the anticipated National Radioactive Waste Management Facility has had on the community.
Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson said the grants rewards community engagement in what's been a long and difficult conversation about the facility.
"I think there's a real air of excitement and expectation in the community at the moment, but the truth is not everyone agrees on this, there are people who strongly appose it and that hasn't changed," he said.
"But to have another $2 million to spend in our community is really exciting, and I can't wait to see the projects that get put forward."
Resources and Water minister Keith Pitt said the program recognises the significant amount of time, effort and disruption caused to the town following an over five years consultation process regarding the facility.
"I would again like to put on the record my thanks to the people of Kimba for their ongoing support and patience as we engage with this process," he said.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey MP, said the program is a response to the community's initiative and openness to new ideas.
"In putting itself forward to host this National Radioactive Waste Facility, the people of Kimba said they are willing to consider new things and new industries to underwrite their future," he said.
The Australian Government's Community Benefit Program will accompany two previous rounds of funding, assisting healthcare, tourism and economic diversification sectors.
Previous projects that have benefited from the program include the Kimba Medical Centre upgrade, rejuvenation of the Big Galah, RSL Club upgrades, resurfacing Kimba District sporting fields, and mental health initiatives.
The official location of the site is yet to be confirmed, but a Notice of Intention to Declare has been lodged and and an announcement is imminent.
Applications for The Australian Government's Community Benefit Program open online on December 9.
For more information and grant guidelines, visit www.business.gov.au/nrwmfcbp
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