Mining communities on track to receive critical infrastructure upgrades

January 28, 2014

Key infrastructure projects in NSW mining regions, like improvements to the Denman Children’s Centre, and Muswellbrook and Singleton Hospitals, are a step closer to receiving government funding through Resources for Regions.

These projects are among a shortlist released by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, the NSW Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services, under the second round of the 2013-14 Resources for Regions program.

The 19 shortlisted applications, worth $119.6 million, will now be invited to submit a full application to the Independent Assessment Panel for a final evaluation.

Funding of $78 million is available for the projects that best prove they can boost economic growth and productivity, ease infrastructure constraints, and support NSW communities affected by mining. It is part of a $160 million, four-year commitment by the NSW government to address historical deficits in infrastructure investment in NSW mining-affected regions.

Deputy Premier Stoner also announced that the criteria determining which communities are eligible for the 2014-15 Resources for Regions program is currently under review.

This announcement follows off our call for the program to be extended to mining significant local councils such as Broken Hill, Maitland, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Gunnedah, which have a significant number of mining workers but are currently ineligible for Resources for Regions funding.

As detailed in a recent submission, if a local government area has more than 1000 residing mining employees, or if mining makes a total employment contribution (direct and indirect) of 20 per cent or more within the local government area, it should be considered mining-affected and therefore eligible to apply for Resources for Regions funding.

The 19 shortlisted projects eligible to lodge a full application for Resources for Regions funding are:
  • Cobar - $2.5 million for Cobar Shire to upgrade Cobar Airport's runway and lighting
  • Cobar - $2.1 million for Cobar Shire to upgrade the Cobar sewerage works
  • Cobar - $10.3 million for the Cobar Water Board to replace a section of the twin pipelines between Cobar and Nyngan
  • LIthgow - $10 million for Lithgow City Council to replace the waste water treatment plant at Portland
  • Mid-Western LGA - $6.7 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to upgrade Cope Road
  • Mid-Western LGA - $2 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to upgrade Mudgee Airport
  • Muswellbrook - $4 million for Muswellbrook Council for the Upper Hunter Tertiary Education Centre
  • Muswellbrook - $7.2 million for Muswellbrook Council towards a range of local road rehabilitation and safety projects
  • Muswellbrook - $3.5 million for Muswellbrook Council to upgrade Denman intersection
  • Muswellbrook - $1.5 million for Muswellbrook Council towards Denman  Children’s Centre
  • Muswellbrook - $20 million for Hunter New England Local Health District towards stage 2 of the Muswellbrook Hospital (Option A) development project
  • Narrabri - $8.7 million for Narrabri Shire Council to upgrade and expand Narrabri Airport
  • Narrabri - $12.3 million for Narrabri Shire Council to augment Narrabri’s water supply
  • Narrabri - $421,200 for Narrabri Shire Council to expand the Nurruby Child Care Centre
  • Narrabri - $900,000 for Narrabri Shire Council for the Boggabri Child Care Centre
  • Newcastle - $12 million for Newcastle City Council for the Shortland Esplanade project
  • Singleton - $6 million for Singleton Council to upgrade the Regional Livestock Markets
  • Singleton - $2.9 million for Singleton Council for the Ryan Avenue pavement and safety project
  • Singleton - $6.5 million for Hunter New England Local Health District for Singleton Hospital

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