19 projects shortlisted for resources for regions funding
Mr Stoner said up to $78 million would be available in this second round. The 19 shortlisted applications, worth a total $119.6 million, were considered from a field of 58 applications worth more than $290 million.
“The projects were shortlisted by an independent panel for their capacity to help boost economic growth and productivity, ease infrastructure constraints, and support NSW communities affected by mining,” Mr Stoner said.
“Resources for Regions is the first program of its kind in this State and reflects the NSW Government’s strong commitment to rebuilding infrastructure in regional areas.
"This program will see up to $160 million reinvested into the State’s mining communities – a stark departure from the days of Labor taking advantage of mining communities to line their own pockets.”
Mr Stoner said the Resources for Regions program offered a total of $120 million in 2013-14 – split across two rounds – for infrastructure projects in the eligible mining-affected communities of Cobar, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Newcastle, Singleton and Wollongong.
The 19 shortlisted projects from round two of Resources for Regions in 2013-14 are:
- Cobar - $2.5 million for Cobar Shire to upgrade Cobar Airport’s runway and airport lighting;
- Cobar - $2.1 million for Cobar Shire to upgrade the Cobar sewerage works;
- Cobar - $10.3 million for the Cobar Water Board to replace a section of the twin pipelines between Cobar and Nyngan;
- Lithgow - $10 million for Lithgow City Council to replace the waste water treatment plant at Portland;
- Mid-Western LGA - $6.7 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to upgrade Cope Road;
- Mid-Western LGA - $2 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to upgrade Mudgee Airport;
- Muswellbrook - $4 million for Muswellbrook Council for the Upper Hunter Tertiary Education Centre;
- Muswellbrook - $7.2 million for Muswellbrook Council towards a range of local road rehabilitation and safety projects;
- Muswellbrook - $3.5 million for Muswellbrook Council to upgrade Denman intersection;
- Muswellbrook - $1.5 million for Muswellbrook Council towards Denman Children’s Centre;
- Muswellbrook - $20 million for Hunter New England Local Health District towards stage 2 of the Muswellbrook Hospital (Option A) development project;
- Narrabri - $8.7 million for Narrabri Shire Council to upgrade and expand Narrabri Airport;
- Narrabri - $12.3 million for Narrabri Shire Council to augment Narrabri’s water supply;
- Narrabri - $421,200 for Narrabri Shire Council to expand the Nurruby Child Care Centre;
- Narrabri - $900,000 for Narrabri Shire Council for the Boggabri Child Care Centre;
- Newcastle - $12 million for Newcastle City Council for the Shortland Esplanade project;
- Singleton - $6 million for Singleton Council to upgrade the Regional Livestock Markets;
- Singleton - $2.9 million for Singleton Council for the Ryan Avenue pavement and safety project;
- Singleton - $6.5 million for Hunter New England Local Health District for Singleton Hospital.
These projects were recommended by an Independent Assessment Panel, comprised of senior representatives from Infrastructure NSW, NSW Farmers and Local Government NSW.
Proponents of the shortlisted proposals will now be invited to submit a full application to the Independent Assessment Panel for a final evaluation which includes further economic appraisals and project justifications, including delivery plans.
Infrastructure NSW will provide a briefing to the shortlisted applicants to assist them to prepare their full application.
Mr Stoner said the NSW Government was committed to supporting infrastructure projects in mining-affected areas, but only if they met the criteria set out in the program.
“Further to this, the criteria determining which communities are eligible for the 2014-15 program is under review,” he said.
The successful projects are expected to be announced within the next few months.