New South Wales may not have made it to the sporting grand finals this year (we’re clearly saving our AFL and NRL prowess for next year), but Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro has been the playmaker of the team when it comes to ensuring regional NSW continues to score tries in the regional jobs sector. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has handed down its latest verdict.
Growth figures reveal an additional 30,000 jobs were created last year in regional NSW, continuing to grow our $138 billion economy as we streak further into the lead against other states. With regional and rural NSW providing a strong backbone for the NSW economy, it’s no surprise that the state government is committed to investing more than ever into our regional communities.
Increased business confidence from a strong infrastructure program and the delivery of better services to communities, coupled with reduced commuting time and business opportunities, are enticing more and more families to consider regional NSW as a “tree-change” opportunity. The Illawarra, Mid North Coast and Richmond-Tweed are our biggest winners in job growth.
A number of initiatives have boosted business investment, contributing to the job spike in our regions. These include:
- Funding of $26 million to fix mobile black spots
- Investing $110 million into the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund
- Delivering the $32 million Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification initiative.
We may not be having much luck on the sporting front, but we’re certainly scoring tries on the jobs front.