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Resources for Regions

Published 6th December, 2019

The Resources for Regions program demonstrates a commitment by the NSW Government to support mining-impacted communities in NSW.

Since 2012, Resources for Regions has delivered $295 million to 65 projects in mining-related communities across NSW. Projects supported include roads, water and sewerage systems, and social infrastructure such as childcare centres.

Round Six was announced in April 2019 with 11 projects awarded funding.

Resources for Regions Strategic Review

The strategic review of Resources for Regions is now complete. A summary report (PDF, 169kb) of the review, including key findings, the consultation process and recommendations is now available. 

The review makes a number of key recommendations to reshape and refocus the program including:

  • the program objectives should be updated and refined in order to better target the scope of the program
  • applications should link proposed projects to the relevant Local Government Area's (LGA) Community Strategic Plan or relevant NSW Government Regional Plan
  • the scope of eligible projects should be broadened to include both infrastructure and programs
  • each mining-impacted LGA will be eligible to apply for a guaranteed envelope of funding for their region.

These recommendations will be considered in the design of future rounds of the program to ensure the Program best supports the needs of mining-impacted communities in NSW.

The University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance undertook research and analysis to inform the review of the Resources for Regions program. Download the UTS report (PDF, 736kb).

Next steps

New program guidelines are currently being developed in consultation with key stakeholders as part of the work towards launching a new round of the Resources for Regions program.

Published 6th December, 2019
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