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Drought Stimulus Package projects

Published 17th July, 2019

The NSW Government’s $170 million Drought Stimulus Package will fund the first set of shovel-ready infrastructure projects, providing economic stimulus to NSW's drought affected regional communities.

The package recognises that, while farmers are being hit hard by drought, not every business in the bush grows crops or raises livestock. It is vital to support off-farm industries by driving business activity and generating new opportunities.

This funding gives local councils the green light to engage the construction companies, suppliers and workers who will deliver infrastructure projects that will help drive business activity and support jobs.

The Drought Stimulus Package will provide an immediate stimulus to the local economy by putting money in workers’ pay packets, which will be spent at local businesses to keep money flowing through towns. It will strengthen the resilience of towns, businesses and farms in regional NSW, improving the ability of off-farm industries to continue to operate when water is scarce.

$4.25 million for multiple roads at Singleton

Singleton will receive $4.25 million of funding for strategic transport infrastructure on four major road routes to bring immediate economic activity and jobs to the Hunter region.

Sections of Glendonbrook, Elderslie, Cessnock and Lemington roads will be upgraded with vital improvements, such as resurfacing, levelling, and strengthening, as well as widening Moses Crossing Bridge to accommodate two-way traffic flow.

This essential investment will:

  • move cars and heavy vehicles more efficiently through the area
  • reduce congestion
  • alleviate stress on commuters and their families who live in the Hunter.

The upgrades will also provide efficiencies to the local mining industry, which is dependent on heavy vehicles, and other regional businesses, such as hotels and construction operators.

As well as the long-term benefits to travel times and driver safety, the upgrades will provide work for local engineers, construction workers, planners and labourers.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages

$6.5 million for airport upgrade at Scone

Scone will receive $6.5 million to upgrade Scone Regional Airport, bringing immediate economic activity and jobs to the Hunter.

The funding will help bring to life the 20-year masterplan for the airport and allow:

  • reconstruction of the runway
  • construction of new taxiway
  • expansion of the existing tarmac
  • installation of aeronautical lighting
  • an onsite car park for visitors.

As well as the long-term benefits to commercial and recreational aviation-related industries, the upgrade will provide work for local construction workers and suppliers.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages

$6 million for Boothenba Road intersection at Dubbo

Dubbo will receive $6 million for improvements to safety and travel time along the Boothenba Road corridor.

Improvements to Boothenba Road intersection outside Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets will include:

  • realignment and widening of Boothenba Road
  • creation of dedicated turning and deceleration lanes
  • widening of median islands
  • new signals installed at the level rail crossing intersecting Boothenba Road near the Newell Highway.

These upgrades will create more room for cars and heavy vehicles to access the markets and around the adjacent level rail crossing with minimal delays.

This investment will help local freight, agriculture and mining businesses in the long term as well as provide immediate work for local engineers, construction workers, planners and labourers.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages

$3.9 million to generate jobs and investment in Gilgandra

Gilgandra will receive a $3.9 million grant to develop an industrial precinct to support local businesses during and after construction of the Narromine to Narrabri section of the Inland Rail.

The funding will pay for infrastructure that will provide:

  • electricity
  • roads
  • railworks
  • telecommunications
  • water and drainage connections to the industrial precinct
  • upgrades to an intersection at a nearby light industrial estate and quarry

The precinct will ensure Gilgandra’s local businesses are poised to benefit from the work and jobs available from construction of the Narromine to Narrabri section of the Inland Rail, and in the years to come. It will also support the long-term development and growth of local industries including freight, logistics and rural suppliers that all require access to major road and rail infrastructure.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$1.07 million for railway revitalisation project, Bogan Shire

Bogan Shire’s tourism and art scene will receive $1.07 million to transform historic Girilambone Railway Station into a Railway Heritage Museum and Indigenous Art Gallery.

The funding will pay to establish a visitor hub, which will include a:

  • museum
  • café
  • art gallery
  • artist workshop
  • free campsite

The rail heritage initiative will build upon the Shire’s status as a tourist destination in western NSW and help diversify the local economy. The investment will benefit the whole community as tourist money will also be spent in the local cafés, nearby accommodation, retail stores and other attractions.

It will also put locals to work immediately during the construction phase, providing an immediate economic stimulus as money earned in the shire stays in the shire.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$439,000 for Riverside Caravan Park redevelopment at Coonamble

Coonamble will receive $439,000 to lift tourism in the Far West with an upgrade to Coonamble Riverside Caravan Park.

Improvements to the caravan park facilities include:

  • signage
  • lighting
  • secure garaging
  • a two bedroom disability access cabin

The initiative will benefit the Coonamble community by helping to diversify the local economy and ensuring the availability of off-farm job opportunities into the future. Accommodation options for tourists will also be improved, boosting the region as a key tourist destination in regional NSW.

The construction period will also bring a quick economic stimulus to the community employing local tradies and other workers.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$4.4 million for Cobar Industrial subdivision

Cobar will receive $4.4 million to develop a new industrial precinct, laying the foundation for future business growth and investment.

The Cobar Industrial Subdivision Project will deliver essential services and utility connections to the new industrial precinct, such as

  • electricity
  • telecommunications
  • roads
  • kerbs and gutters

Development of this vital strategic infrastructure will generate local jobs, support existing businesses to expand and attract new investment into the region. The council-owned land will feature 28 new industrial blocks and help diversify the local economy.

There will be a short term boost to the economy as well as local tradies and other suppliers spend their income in local shops and on local services.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$954 000 for Forest Road upgrade in Orange

Orange Council will receive $954 000 to upgrade Forest Road, improving access to the developing Orange Health and Innovation Precinct.   These upgrades will improve safety, reduce congestion and speed up travel times for those living and working in the area while ensuring the road can suitably accommodate heavy vehicles important to local industries, such as the Cadia mine.

A large section of the arterial road will be enhanced with:

  • guttering
  • kerb
  • drainage
  • widening of existing pavement
  • improved car parking

Improvements to the road between the Hospital and Canobolas Rural Fire Service headquarters are key to the Council’s vision for the Orange Health and Innovation Precinct. This will support local businesses to expand and create more local jobs with flow-on benefits in the wider region.

Jobs will be created immediately for tradies, suppliers and contractors allowing them to earn money locally and spend money locally.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$2.4 million for Broken Hill airport

Broken Hill will receive $2.4 million for airport upgrades to improve safety and bring the airport up to speed with current technology.

The funding will pay to replace:

  • aged lighting and cabling
  • T-Vasis radio navigation infrastructure
  • path indicator lighting, which guide planes to the runway
  • boundary fencing, to prevent wildlife from entering the airfield

The grant recognises connectivity is important for people living regionally and Broken Hill Airport is the major regional airport in the far west, providing vital air transport links to South Australia, Victoria and the rest of NSW.

The airport upgrade will also give the region’s local businesses and industries, including mining and film and screen production, the reassurance they need to continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

The project is ready to be delivered now with construction to create jobs for tradies, suppliers and contractors.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$4.9 million for additional Kelso Industrial Park land in Bathurst

Bathurst will receive $4.9 million for the expansion of Kelso Industrial Park to facilitate and attract business development within the region.

The funding will allow for the five hectare expansion of the already in-demand Kelso Industrial Park with the project delivering critical lead-in infrastructure to support the expanded site, including construction of roads, stormwater drainage and connection to critical services such as water and sewerage.

The Kelso Industrial Land Development Project will provide the infrastructure local businesses need to expand, attract new investment and generate jobs.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$1 million for safety upgrade of Battery Road, Hilltops Local Government Area

Hilltops Council will receive $1 million for an upgrade of Battery Road to improve safety for motorists and heavy vehicle operators.

The funding will upgrade 4.2 kilometres of Battery Road near the Glenella Quarry. The NSW Government is committed to workplace safety including improving road safety for heavy vehicle operators. The upgrade is vital for improving the safety of motorists and freight operators who carry high-grade quartz silica pebble out of the quarry. 

This project will help keep construction workers and suppliers in work in the short term while also giving local industry the infrastructure upgrade they need to operate more efficiently.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

$1 million for Deniliquin Ute Muster site

Deniliquin will receive up to $1 million to transform the home of the world-famous Deni Ute Muster into a year-round tourism destination.

The site of the Muster will soon be home to a brand new museum, a commercial kitchen, retail spaces, conference and meeting rooms, and car park facilities. The funding will also provide solar power on site, a fully functional comet windmill and connections to town utilities such as sewerage.

The redevelopment will mean the site can host a wide variety of events large and small year-round while the museum will celebrate the story of the two-decade-old Deni Ute Muster.

Visit the Drought Hub to find out more about drought assistance packages.

1.97 million for civil works to establish the Coolamon Industrial Estate development

1.97 million for civil works to establish the Coolamon Industrial Estate development

Coolamon Shire Council will receive $1.97 million to develop an industrial estate in the township of Coolamon which will help diversify and strengthen the Shire’s economy.

The funding will deliver utility and services connections (such as water, sewerage, stormwater/drainage, power and telecommunications) to help establish the industrial estate. A fully serviced, affordable industrial estate will accommodate the strong and growing demand from existing local businesses, as well as allow new businesses to establish in Coolamon as the population continues to grow.

The dedicated industrial estate will reduce the adverse environmental impacts associated with the co-location of industrial and residential activities.

The project will also support and strengthen other local, new and developing  industries including agriculture, harness racing and tourism.

Published 17th July, 2019
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