Mining communities across regional NSW are set to receive a greater share of mining royalties with Resources for Regions Round Eight applications now open for projects that will improve local amenities and infrastructure.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro joined the NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter Dave Layzell in Singleton today and said Round Eight has been boosted to $75 million, which will help deliver even more projects that make a difference to 24 Local Government Areas across regional NSW.
“Round Eight of the Resources for Regions fund will build on the success of the previous round, which provided $50 million for 84 projects that helped create new jobs and stimulated local economies through infrastructure and program delivery,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We know that the mining industry can put extra pressure on local infrastructure in regional towns and this fund is about giving back to these mining communities that contribute so much to the NSW economy.
“You’ve heard me say there is more to come and here it is, another $75 million to fund projects and programs that will ensure our mining communities remain strong for generations to come.
“It’s absolutely crucial that we continue to support regional mining towns that supply our state with the resources we need and the Resources for Regions program is just another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to the future of our regions.”
Under Round Eight, 24 councils are allocated a base amount of $1 million, with a further $51 million weighted to those communities that need it most.
Since its inception in 2012, the Resources for Regions program has delivered 149 projects worth $345 million to the state’s mining communities.
Applications for Resources for Regions Round Eight are now open and will close at 12pm 12 July, 2021.
Find out further information about Round Eight, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria.