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Resources for Regions

The Resources for Regions program demonstrates a commitment by the NSW Government to support mining-impacted communities in NSW. The program aims to support the ongoing prosperity of mining communities in regional NSW by providing economic opportunities, improved local amenity and positive social outcomes.

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The NSW Government has a strong commitment to supporting mining-impacted communities in NSW. Since 2012, Resources for Regions has allocated $345 million to 149 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 Seven projects were announced in late 2020, with 84 projects to share $50 million of funding.

Round Eight applications are now open

Applications for Round Eight of the Resources for Regions Program opened on 17 May 2021.

$75 million is available through Round Eight of the Resources for Regions program. The program aims to support the ongoing prosperity of mining communities in regional NSW by providing vital infrastructure, economic opportunities, and positive social outcomes.

This new funding is part of a $300 million investment by the NSW Government into the Regional Growth Fund in 2021, taking the total investment since 2017 to $2 billion. Information on how to apply, guidelines and eligibility criteria is available under ‘Program Information’.

Key dates

  • Applications open - 17 May 2021
  • Applications close - 12 July 2021
  • Assessment and approval process - 12 July - 6 September 2021
  • Announcement of successful applications - Late September 2021
  • Funding Deed contracting -  October 2021
  • Program evaluation - From January 2022

How to apply

Eligible applicants can complete and submit applications using the online portal. Applications will close at 12pm (AEDT) on Monday, 12 July 2021.

Information webinar

To assist eligible applicants applying for funding in Round 8, the Department of Regional NSW hosted a free online webinar on Thursday 27 May 2021 which provided a high-level overview of the program and guidance on the eligibility requirements and the application process.

View the webinar recording below.

Available support

The Department of Regional NSW has a network of Business Development Managers, located across regional NSW, who are available to answer questions and provide advice about completing and lodging applications and supporting documents for Round Eight.

To access this support, please contact regionalnsw.business@regional.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673 for a referral. Please review the online resources and Frequently Asked Questions before getting in touch.

Information on previous rounds

On 26 November 2020, the Deputy Premier announced the 84 successful projects allocated a total of $50 million under Round Seven of Resources for Regions. Round Seven was revised to ensure a base amount of $1 million was secured for each of the 24 eligible councils, with a further $26 million weighted to the most mining-affected communities. A copy of the Strategic Review completed after Round Six and its recommendations are outlined below.

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. 

Resources for Regions project success stories

Helensburgh Town Centre Revitalisation Project

This transformational project is revitalising this historic mining township while maintaining existing mining truck movements within the town centre. These works include 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. These improvements support the ageing Helensburgh population and help to increase economic activity of local businesses in the town centre.
Helensburgh town centre aerial photo

Bylong Valley Way Upgrade

The Bylong Valley Way links the Castlereagh Highway with the Golden Highway, and is a major freight link in the Upper Hunter. The 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.
Aerial view of Bylong Valley Way

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