Central West projects shortlisted for Resources for Regions funding

Published 29th January, 2014 in Infrastructure, Economy

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure & Services Andrew Stoner has announced that 6 Central-West regional infrastructure projects have been shortlisted to receive funding under the second round of the 2013-14 Resources for Regions program.

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Mr Stoner said up to $78 million will be available in this round, where a total of 19 project applications, worth a total $119.6 million, were shortlisted 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.

The Resources for Regions program represents the first of its kind in New South Wales, and will see up to $160 million reinvested into the State’s mining communities, revitalising infrastructure in the areas of Cobar, Lithgow and the Mid-Western LGA.

The 6 short-listed projects from the Central-West NSW region are:

  • $2.5 million for Cobar Shire to upgrade Cobar Airport’s runway and airport lighting;
  • $2.1 million for Cobar Shire to upgrade the Cobar sewerage works;
  • $10.3 million for the Cobar Water Board to replace a section of the twin pipelines between Cobar and Nyngan;
  • $10 million for Lithgow City Council to replace the waste water treatment plant at Portland;
  • $6.7 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to upgrade Cope Road;
  • $2 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to upgrade Mudgee Airport;

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 brief the shortlisted applicants to assist the preparation of their applications.

The successful projects are expected to be announced within the next few months. A full list of unsuccessful shortlisted projects is available on the Infrastructure NSW website.

Published 29th January, 2014 in Infrastructure, Economy