THREE projects out of 11 in the Grampians region have progressed to the next level, in the latest round of Regional Development Australia funding.
Regional politicians yesterday hit out at reports RDA funding was going to western Sydney in an attempt to win votes, making it harder for country communities to receive infrastructure funding.
In the Grampians region, the projects through to the next round are the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, infrastructure to expand intensive agriculture for food security and economic development in the Golden Plains Shire, and an upgrade of Longerenong College's student residential facility.
Independent MP New England Tony Windor was yesterday worried program guidelines announced for round four of the $1.4 billion program might be changed after applications have closed.
"I will be seeking assurances that no money is being shifted to accommodate the extra projects of western Sydney and that anyone already in the process will not be disadvantaged," Mr Windsor said.
However, Senator Barnaby Joyce said nearly two-thirds of regional development funding had been granted to communities in Labor electorates.
INTERACTIVE: Click the map to see which projects have made it through to the next round.