Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today urged the Hunter community to apply for funding for local infrastructure improvement projects through the NSW Government’s latest $50 million Resources for Regions round.
Mr MacDonald said the program, which is part of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund announced in the 2017-18 NSW Budget, recognises the impact mining operations have on local infrastructure and services.
“Resources for Regions provides extra support for projects such as road upgrades and improvements to regional airports, as well as community facilities that improve the quality of life in mining towns,” Mr MacDonald said.
“With applications currently open, I encourage local councils, community groups and non-government organisations to identify potential projects and how we can turn these ideas into a reality.
“I look forward to working with the community to workshop projects to develop strong applications that we can submit for funding.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Resources for Regions program has made significant improvements to local amenities and infrastructure in mining affected towns, helping to create attractive and vibrant communities.
“Mining makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy, supporting more than 100,000 jobs, and we recognise that these benefits place additional stress on resources and infrastructure, such as the condition of local roads,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It is important that the mining communities that contribute so much to the state continue to thrive as attractive regions to live and work.”
Resources for Regions has previously provided $236 million to 42 successful economic growth and community quality of life projects since 2012.
Mining-affected communities in Local Government Areas located outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area can apply for program funding from 1 July, 2017.
Further information about Resources for Regions and the application process is available at www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforregions.
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