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Strong response to Resources for Regions

6 December 2013
Acting Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner said he was very pleased with the interest shown in the second round of this year’s Resources for Regions program, an infrastructure funding initiative for mining-affected communities.
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Mr Stoner said applications for funding through the program came from all eligible Local Government Areas – Cobar, Lithgow, Narrabri, Newcastle, Mid-Western Regional, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Wollongong.

“58 applications for infrastructure projects, for more than $290 million of Restart NSW funding, were submitted for consideration under this round,” Mr Stoner said.

“The proposed projects ranged from airport upgrades and road and bridge repairs to childcare and training centres.

“The second round of Resources for Regions was open to local councils, community groups and businesses in the eight eligible Local Government Areas.

“Resources for Regions provides funding to communities experiencing unique pressures on infrastructure and services as a result of mining activity.

“The NSW Government recognises the contribution that mining activity makes to the NSW economy in terms of business activity, investment, regional development, job creation and export revenue.

“Up to $78 million is on offer for successful projects under this second round – this follows the $41.9 million awarded for six projects under the first round earlier this year.

“The NSW Government expects to announce projects shortlisted for round two early next year.

“These short-listed projects will then be invited to submit a full application for consideration.”

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