Following the release of the Economic Assessment of Mining Affected Communities report, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner has confirmed broadened eligibility criteria for the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions scheme in 2014-15.
“Mining is a critical contributor to the NSW economy and a crucial job creator in the regions, but it puts extra pressure on everything from schools to hospitals, roads to recreational facilities and housing to child care services,” Mr Stoner said.
Under the 2014-15 program, 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs); including Broken Hill, Cessnock and Maitland, will be eligible for funding. This is an increase from eight eligible LGAs in the previous round.
“We have listened to regional stakeholder feedback and expanded program criteria with mining-related royalties (total and per capita), truck movements and employment taken into consideration to ensure the most mining affected communities can put forward their case for financial support”, Mr Stoner said.