Regional communities are often left feeling like they’re producing more than their share and expected to do so on inadequate funding. Getting an equitable share of the revenue we generate for the State is the raison d'être for the NSW Nationals.
That’s why in 2012 we implemented the Resources for Regions program, which is specifically designed to ensure that more of the proceeds from mining are spent in the electorates where the mining takes place.
Mining, while an important contributor to the national economy and often a boon for local businesses in nearby towns, can take a toll on infrastructure like roads, airports and rail as well as water supply, sewage and hospitals.
Many towns and councils have used Resources for the Regions funding in the past to upgrade and maintain infrastructure and generate local growth. A few examples of previous projects include:
- $5 million to refurbish the Civic Centre in Broken Hill,
- A combined $5.3 million to Narrabri for the Timber Bridge Replacement program,
- $24.2 million for Muswellbrook traffic safety improvements and stage 2 hospital redevelopments.
- As well as installation lighting, carpark expansion and terminal extensions at Mudgee Airport.
Regional communities can apply for a share of $32 million in the latest round of funding that has just been announced. More details here: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/invest-in-nsw/investment-assistance/regional-assistance/resources-for-regions Expressions of interest are open until 7 April 2016.