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Resources for Regions

Published 30th June, 2017

To support job creation and economic growth in mining communities in regional NSW. This fund will help build infrastructure across health, water, road, education, tourism and CBD renewals to attract new business, tourists and residents.

The Resources for Regions program aims to deliver improved local infrastructure to mining-affected communities and improve economic growth and productivity in NSW.

While the mining industry makes a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of the state, the NSW Government recognises that this mining activity can place additional stress on regional communities and infrastructure.

The Resources for Regions program demonstrates a commitment by the NSW Government to support these communities through improvements to the local infrastructure they need to activate their economies such as road and rail infrastructure, water and sewerage systems and social infrastructure such as childcare centres.

Up to $50 million is available in the 2017-18 Resources for Regions program.


The 2017-18 round of Resources for Regions is open to all regional local government areas that can demonstrate that they are mining affected to a significant degree.

Areas that can only demonstrate the impact of quarries on their infrastructure will not be eligible. If the applicant can demonstrate impacts of  other mining in the Local Government Area, and quarries are only one component, they will be eligible to apply.

Local councils, community groups, local businesses and non-government organisations are invited to nominate potential projects. Partnerships between groups are encouraged.

NSW Government agencies are not eligible for Resources for Regions funding in 2017-18.

Please call 1300 679 673 to speak with the Office of Regional Development about the impact on your region and, if required, alternative options for your proposal under the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Check if your local government area is eligible

Purpose of Funds

The Resources for Regions program is open to projects that promote the development of economic and social infrastructure.

Economic infrastructure includes roads, rail, facilities that improve the movement of freight, airports, and local water and sewerage projects.

Social infrastructure includes recreational facilities and childcare services and includes projects that support affordable housing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and businesses.

No minimum or maximum funding amount for projects has been set for the Resources for Regions program. Financial co-contributions to projects are strongly encouraged and the program targets a 50 per cent co-contribution rate.


Eligible projects will be assessed against four program criteria.

Criteria 1: Strategic assessment

Applicants must demonstrate that projects will meet the statutory purpose of the Restart NSW Fund to improve economic growth and productivity in NSW. For the purposes of the Resources for Regions program, funding must be used to improve local infrastructure in regional areas that are significantly affected by mining operations.

Criteria 2: Economic assessment

Applicants must demonstrate how projects will have a positive impact on productivity and economic growth in NSW through the creation or enhancement of publicly owned assets.

Examples include projects that:

  • provide new or diversified employment opportunities
  • improve mining industry productivity
  • reduce the social impact of mining.

Criteria 3: Affordability

Applicants must demonstrate that the project is affordable given the available funding. Project applications must include construction, operating and maintenance costs, supported by estimations or quotes and including all margins and overheads, project and construction management costs and an appropriate amount of contingency for the project stage and risks.

Projects with a co-contribution from other sources will be assessed favourably.

Criteria 4: Deliverability

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity to deliver projects through robust strategies for procurement, project management and risk management. Past performance on delivering NSW Government  funded projects will be considered.

How to apply

Potential applicants can seek initial advice and assistance from their local Department of Premier and Cabinet Regional Development office. The application process involves two steps – submitting an Expression of Interest and following up with a more detailed proposal.

Expressions of Interest closed on 18 August 2017 at 5pm.

Projects will be shortlisted and applicants will be notified once confirmed.


The application process is focused on the needs of applicants. To help applicants put forward the best proposal NSW Government held a webinar on 31 July 2017.

View the recording of the webinar

Download the slides from the webinar

Download a sample deed

Published 30th June, 2017