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Drought Stimulus Package

Regional communities affected by the worst drought on record will receive a boost to their local economies as a direct result of the 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.

Funding available for country shows

Country shows have an important place in the calendars of many regional NSW towns and provide a positive and morale-boosting outlet for local communities and businesses. Funding is now available to support the costs of organising and running country shows in drought and bushfire impacted areas of regional NSW.

To find more information click on this link to review the Country Show Sponsorship Packages Fact Sheet.

To apply for funding click on this link

Project showcase

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.

  • Old railway station

    Renovation of Girilambone Railway Station will create a Railway Heritage Museum, Aboriginal art gallery, café, workshop and free campsite.

  • Broken Hill Airport

    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.

  • Gilgandra main street

    Plans for an industrial precinct will support local businesses during and after the construction of the Narromine to Narrabri section of the Inland Rail.

  • Bourke CBD with improvement work underway

    Improvements to Bourke's town centre will add shade cover, garden beds, seating and lighting, making it a pleasant space for visitors and locals.

  • Yard with sheep

    Project to modernise and enlarge the Glen Innes sheep selling complex, making it the major sheep selling centre in northern NSW.

  • Warren main street with blue sky

    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.

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    Ongoing drought and bushfire conditions are making it hard for many towns and communities to run country shows. This funding will help these critical, morale-boosting events to go ahead.

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.

More information

For more information on the Drought Stimulus Package:

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

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