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Drought Stimulus Package

$170 million for projects that generate local jobs and support local businesses.

The aim of the $170 million NSW Drought Stimulus Package is to boost local economies and create local jobs. The 52 projects and other initiatives funded under this program are keeping money flowing and people working in local towns and villages. Through this package tradespeople, suppliers and project workers are receiving new work and spending money in local businesses such as cafes, retail stores and with service providers. 

The package has provided:

  • $84.5m for 25 fast-tracked infrastructure projects
  • $36.2 million for 4 critical town water projects
  • $24.9m for 7 government priority projects
  • $15.9 million for 16 local drought support packages
  • $8.5 million for local stimulus initiatives including $500,000 for country show sponsorships.

Drought Stimulus Package project success stories

Glen Willow Regional Sports Complex

A $10 million grant allowed the creation of new playing fields, a new club house, carpark and roadworks at Glen Willow complex in Mudgee.
Aerial view of Glen Willow sports complex fields

Cabonne sports and community hall upgrades

Funding allowed the upgrade of watering systems for the Cargo Oval, and improvement of amenities at various community halls.
Cabonne community hall

Belubula River, Orange and Blayney projects

Funding was used to improve the area around the Belubula River Heritage Walk, fund a tourism campaign for the Orange area and improve Blayney community service infrastructure.
Two women using paddle boards on a lake

Bingara Pool

Funding went towards upgrades at the local pool and construction of a new splash park.
Aerial image of Bingara pool

Warren Airport Upgrade

The recently upgraded Warren Airport has boosted aircraft capacity and safety for the remote community in far west NSW.
Warren airport

Glen Innes Saleyards

A $1.25 million grant has allowed the construction of new sheep selling facilities at Glen Innes Saleyards.
Aerial image of sheep in pens at Glen Innes saleyards

Office Complex and Museum on the Deniliquin Festival Site

The Deniliquin Ute Muster now has a new museum and office complex thanks to a $1 million investment from the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package.
Deniliquin ute muster car with wind mill in the background

Playground on the Murrumbidgee

Narrandera's Lake Talbot water park and tourist park received funding for upgrades through the Drought Stimulus Package.
Lake Talbot water park

Gunnedah water and band hall projects

These projects in Gunnedah provide upgrades to important community assets as well as work for local contractors and small businesses.
Aerial image of Gunnedah treatment plan

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Learn more about drought assistance packages on the Drought Hub website.

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