The NSW Government today announced it would significantly boost the Resources for Regions program by providing more funding for mining communities to upgrade education, health and cultural facilities and improve roads, rail and vital community services.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said an additional $50 million had been allocated to the next round of the Resources for Regions program, bringing the total funding under the initiative to $305 million since 2012.
Mr Barilaro said the $5 million refurbished Broken Hill Civic Centre, funded by Resources for Regions, which officially opened this week, is a prime example of the community benefits and new opportunities the program provides.
“Through Resources for Regions, the Broken Hill Council was able to install retractable seating, better speaker systems, a new floor and most importantly, conference facilities that will bring business to town,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Mining makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy, supporting more than 100,000 jobs, but the benefits can place extra pressure on community resources, such as the condition of local roads.
“It’s important that communities that contribute so much to the State receive their fair share of funding.”
The NSW Government has allocated more than $236 million to 42 successful projects in mining communities since 2012. These projects include:
- $5.1 Broken Hill Civic Centre Upgrade
- $7.8 million Cobar water treatment plant replacement
- $16.7 million upgrade Hermitage and Broke Road , Cessnock and Singleton
Other projects currently underway include the $5 million Cobar to Nyngan water pipeline replacement and the redevelopment of Muswellbrook Hospital, which will provide increased patient support.
Mr Barilaro is encouraging mining communities to apply for a share of the $50 million Resources for Regions funding, which is open to mining communities in Local Government Areas located outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area.