An office for the newly-created Department of Regional NSW will be established in Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Armidale and Coffs Harbour, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the regions and putting regional communities at the forefront of government decision making.

NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders welcomed the announcement for his region.

“People in regional NSW face unique challenges that vary from town to town which is why the NSW Nationals in Government established the Department of Regional NSW, to put our communities front and centre,” Mr Saunders said.

“More than three-quarters of the Department’s staff are already based in the regions and establishing a base in Dubbo is a further commitment to having people living in the areas they’re supporting, while providing jobs for our region.

“We will have staff who understand the issues affecting regional cities like Dubbo, and who know the local challenges and benefits of smaller towns and regional life.

“They will be in a position to help deliver the support, infrastructure and programs that communities like ours need.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said this is great news for regional NSW and for Dubbo locals, with new job opportunities set to become available.

“Regional NSW has seen drought, bushfires and COVID-19 bring communities to their knees and I am determined to see this Government provide better representation to make sure we get the services we deserve,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We want more jobs and opportunities in the regions, and what better way than to have a regionally-focused NSW Government Department located in the very regions we serve.

“Our regions are filled with talented, innovative, resilient and accomplished people and I am confident the people of Dubbo will work alongside their communities for the benefit of all of regional NSW.”