Resources for Regions

Supporting mining communities in regional NSW.

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Couple walking their dog on a street in Orange New South Wales

 

The NSW Government has a strong commitment to supporting mining communities in NSW. Since 2012, Rounds One to Eight of the Resources for Regions program have allocated $420 million to 242 projects supporting the ongoing prosperity of mining communities in regional NSW. These projects have revitalised towns, upgraded roads and built essential community facilities while improving economic opportunities, local amenity and creating positive social outcomes.

Round Eight - Successful Projects

The NSW Government has announced the successful projects to receive funding under Round Eight of Resources for Regions. These 93 projects share the $75 million allocated to improve the lives of people in mining-impacted communities. Round Eight ensured a base amount of $1 million was secured for each of the 24 eligible councils, with a further $51 million weighted to the most mining-affected communities.

Resources for Regions Round Eight will support the highest number of projects and deliver the largest investment into mining-impacted communities in the fund’s history.

Round Eight funding is part of a $300 million top-up by the NSW Government for the Regional Growth Fund, taking the total investment since 2017 to $2 billion. 

Program information and resources

The following resources and tools were made available to support potential applicants with their submissions:

Guidelines
FAQs
Resources for Regions Round 8 Project Plan Template
Resources for Regions Round 8 Budget Template
Resources for Regions Round 8 Business Case Template
Resources for Regions Round 8 Landowner Consent Form
Resources for Regions Round 8 Outcomes Reporting Guidance Note
Resources for Regions Round 8 Funding Deed

Future rounds

In July 2021, the NSW Government released its Future of Gas Statement, outlining its plans for the gas industry in NSW, while ruling out gas production under the majority of Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELs), with the exception of PELs which support the future of the Narrabri Gas Project.

To ensure communities where gas exploration occurs receive their fair share, the NSW Government has also confirmed additional funding will be made available for these Local Government Areas (LGAs) through a future round of Resources for Regions.

Further details about the additional funding, including timing and LGA eligibility, will be made available in 2022.

Resources for Regions Strategic Review

In 2019 a strategic review of the Resources for Regions program was undertaken, in consultation with key stakeholders.

The Program was refreshed for Round Seven in 2020, and it incorporated key findings from the review including a new set of funding criteria, to reshape and refocus the program. Key changes included prescribed allocations of funding guaranteed for eligible councils to ensure funding will flow where it is needed most; and community programs being eligible in addition to infrastructure projects. 

summary report (external link) (PDF, 140kb) of the review, outlining key findings, the consultation process and recommendations is now available. 

The University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance undertook research and analysis to inform the review of the Resources for Regions program. 

Helensburgh town centre aerial photo
Helensburgh Town Centre Revitalisation Project
This transformational project includes pedestrian crossing safety improvements, upgrade of the main streets, new footpaths connecting the town centre to recreation and sporting precincts, a new playground, car park upgrades and a new roundabout.
Aerial view of Bylong Valley Way
Bylong Valley Way Upgrade
This project upgrades the Bylong Valley Way Road to improve the movement of freight for mining related activities and addresses the poor condition of the road due to heavy vehicle usage. The works to the road will ensure it is safe and smooth for additional traffic generated from local mining activity associated with coal mining in the region.
Denman main street
A $2.5 million grant from the Resources for Regions program funded the upgrade of Denman main street with new safer pedestrian features, street art and caravan parking, as well as the expansion of Memorial Park.

Contact us

  • General enquiries: For general program enquiries, email the Resources for Regions Programs team at regionalnsw.business@regional.nsw.gov.au
  • Grant management queries: If your enquiry refers to an approved project with an existing funding deed, email the Grants Management Office at gmo@regional.nsw.gov.au. Please quote your Application ID in the email subject line.
  • Branding and signage approvals: For approval to use logos, signs and branding for projects with allocated funding, contact branding@regional.nsw.gov.au. Please review the NSW Government Funding Acknowledgement Guidelines before getting in touch.
  • Phone enquiries: To speak to a staff member, please call 1300 679 673.

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