$50 million in funding for mining towns
Applications for the funding are open to mining communities in local government areas outside of Sydney.
Launched in 2012, the funding gives mining communities the opportunity to upgrade:
- health facilities
- cultural facilities
- roads and rail
- community services.
The additional $50 million in funding has brought the total funding under the program to $305 million.
"Mining supports more than 100,000 jobs, but the benefits can place extra pressure on community resources, such as the conditions of local roads,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said.
“It’s important that communities that contribute so much to the state receive their fair share of funding.”
Broken Hill Civic Centre opens
This week the refurbished Broken Hill Civic Centre opened after receiving $5 million in funding from the program.
The funding allowed retractable seating, better speaker systems, new flooring, and conference facilities to be installed.
Mr Barilaro said the new conference facilities would attract businesses, visitors and community organisations to Broken Hill.
“This is exactly the kind of result the program was designed to achieve, providing locals with a community facility where they can enjoy home-grown entertainment and which will also help grow the local economy."
Other projects currently underway include the $5 million Cobar to Nyngan water pipeline replacement and the redevelopment of Muswellbrook Hospital, which will provide increased patient support.