Resources for Regions funding welcomed

October 10, 2013

The NSW Minerals Council welcomed today’s announcement that the State Government will invest $41.9 million in practical, local, infrastructure projects in mining communities across NSW.

“The NSW Government and the Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, are to be commended for ‘putting money on the ground‘ in our regional mining communities that contribute so much to the NSW economy,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee, said today.

“In NSW the vast majority of our workforce live and raise families in the communities near where mining takes place – communities like Singleton, Muswellbrook, Mudgee and Lithgow.  It’s therefore veryappropriate that resources are invested back into these communities to support our mining families.”

“This funding is also a good demonstration of the practical dividends mining can deliver to regional communities along with jobs and economic stability,” Mr Galilee said.

The projects announced for NSW mining communities are:
  • Cobar - $7.8 million to replace the waste water treatment plant;
  • Lithgow - $3.5 million for the redevelopment of Black Bridge;
  • Mid-Western LGA - $9.5 million towards the upgrade Ulan Road;
  • Muswellbrook - $7.6 million for a roads safety and improvement project including a heavy  vehicle bypass and industrial services centre road network;
  • Singleton - $9 million for a CBD renewal project to improve traffic flows; and
  • Wollongong - $4.5 million to upgrade Cordeaux Road and bridge.
“These projects will help these regional mining communities meet the challenges of growth and economic development,” Mr Galilee said.

“The government has committed to a further round of Resources for Regions funding worth
$78 million.  Eligible councils, businesses and other community representatives in mining regions are encouraged to nominate projects for funding."

"It is also important the NSW government review their Resources for Regions eligibility criteria so other mining-affected local council areas like Gunnedah and Broken Hill are given the opportunity to participate," he said.
 
Contact: Brad Emery bemery@nswmining.com.au or 92741463 - 0450620254

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