Drought Stimulus Package
The main objective of the $170 million NSW Drought Stimulus Package is to mitigate the employment and income effects of the current drought in regional NSW by delivering economic stimulus. The first focus will be on fast-tracking existing local infrastructure projects that will boost local economies, with a number of projects already announced. Other initiatives will be rolled out and these will keep money flowing and people working in local towns and villages.
All projects and initiatives will focus on putting dollars into local pay packets. Tradespeople, suppliers and project workers will receive new work and spend money in local businesses such as cafes, retail stores and with service providers.
The following are examples of projects being funded across regional NSW that will stimulate local economies and build infrastructure that brings lasting benefits into the future.
The upgrade to Broken Hill Airport will improve safety and install the latest technology which will give local businesses, such as mining and film production, the security to operate reliably and efficiently.
This project will overhaul Warren Airport, resurfacing two runways, adding refuelling facilities and improving safety for passengers, the Royal Flying Doctor and Air Ambulance services.
A set of critical town water projects have also been announced:
- $30 million for new groundwater infrastructure at Dubbo
- $2.2 million to improve bore water supply at Coonabarabran
- $2 million for critical maintenance of the Albert Priest Channel (Nyngan to Cobar)
- $2 million for a water security and water quality project in Narromine.