Regional Investment Corporation closer to delivering directly to regional communities
6 February 2018
- Senate has passed legislation to establish the Regional Investment Corporation.
- The RIC will launch from July this year, delivering an important election commitment
- The RIC will streamline the delivery of farm business concessional loans and administer the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.
The Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) will soon be open for business and delivering directly to regional communities and farm businesses, passing the Senate today.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the RIC dream would now become a reality for regional Australia.
“The Nationals in Coalition committed to establishing the RIC because we believe in regional communities,” Minister Littleproud said.
“We promised the RIC and we delivered.
“The RIC will help spur investment and growth in regional Australia.
“The RIC will administer loans directly to farmers, under the $2 billion farm business concessional loans program, from its decentralised regional headquarters in Orange, initially delivering around 25 jobs for the region.
“The RIC will also administer the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility to help fast-track the construction of priority water infrastructure projects.
“It’s a shame we had to fight the Labor Party to deliver this promise to regional Australians.”
The legislation that passed through the Senate today provides for the establishment of the RIC, its functions and governance arrangements, and the Bill will now return to the House of Representatives.
- Until July 2018, farm businesses can continue to apply for concessional loans through their jurisdiction’s delivery agency.
- State and territory governments can continue to apply for water infrastructure loans through the department at agriculture.gov.au/waterloans.