Mining communities receive critical infrastructure funding

March 18, 2014

The NSW Minerals Council welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government to invest $75 million in critical local infrastructure projects in mining communities across NSW.

“Resources for Regions is an important initiative that provides support to our regional mining communities that contribute so much to the NSW economy,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.

“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 appropriate that resources are invested back into these communities,” Mr Galilee said.

“It’s pleasing and appropriate that the Upper Hunter will receive $23.6 million in funding. This investment in local infrastructure will provide a significant boost to the region.”

“The $10.4 million being invested in regional airports at Mudgee, Cobar and Narrabri is also an important step in supporting economic growth and local tourism,” Mr Galilee said.      

“The $23 million in funding committed to local road projects will also go a long way to address the infrastructure backlogs in these important mining regions.”

“These infrastructure projects are critical for the economic development of our mining communities, but the program should also be extended to other mining significant local communities such as Broken Hill, Gunnedah, Cessnock, Maitland and Lake Macquarie,” Mr Galilee said.

“The NSW Government should also inject more public funding into the Resources for Regions program in the next State Budget, and make a long-term funding commitment to ensure the program can continue into the future."

The projects announced for NSW mining communities are:
  • $10.1 million for a new Waste Water Treatment Plant in Lithgow;
  • $2 million for developments at Mudgee Airport;
  • $6.7 million to support the Cope Road project in the Mid Western LGA;
  • $2.5 million to support upgrades to the regional airport runway at Cobar;
  • $2.1 million for upgrades to Cobar’s sewerage system;
  • $5 million to help replace twin pipelines from Cobar to Nyngan, to reduce water losses and lower the risk of pipeline failures;
  • $3.5 million for safety and productivity upgrades to the Denman Intersection in Muswellbrook;
  • $7.2 million to address safety risks and maintenance costs in Denman, Bylong & Muswellbrook as part of the Hunter’s Mine Affected Roads Package;
  • $4 million for the Upper Hunter Tertiary Education Centre to help address skill needs in the coal industry;
  • $5.6 million to support road works, shared pathways and cliff stabilisation at the Shortland Esplanade in Newcastle;
  • $2.9 million towards the Ryan Avenue Pavement and Safety project in Singleton;
  • $6 million for upgrades to the Regional Livestock Markets in Singleton;
  • $12.3 million to support the Narrabri Water Supply Augmentation project; and
  • $5.9 million to support upgrades and expansion at Narrabri Airport.
Contact: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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