Regional NSW

“Our Plan recognises the strategic importance of regional NSW and focuses on harnessing the capacity of our regions, providing opportunity to prosper.”

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

 

The NSW Liberal National Government recognises the importance of our regions to the NSW economy and to our state’s identity, and is committed to ensuring that our regions are given every opportunity to prosper. We have worked hard to build a strong economy and are committed to ensuring the people of regional NSW have the best access to essential services and infrastructure.

 

OUR REGIONS

Our Regions is a package of materials designed to showcase the work being undertaken in communities across Regional NSW. It is a source for information about the projects we have committed to, that we are building, and that have already been delivered. The material will highlight some of the projects occurring in health, education, transport, roads, sport, the arts, and the community sector.

 

Central Coast

  • The Supported Students, Successful Students initiative will provide Central Coast schools with new counselling and psychology services, more wellbeing services and graduate scholarships to recruit more school counsellors.
  • For northern Central Coast residents who rely on dialysis, there is closer treatment available with the opening of new satellite services in Long Jetty.
  • Surf Live Saving Central Coast has made the most of an innovative grant and turned beach safety around

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future region, detailing the economic, social and environmental opportunities to build a more prosperous region and actions to guide development and land use. To read the Plan, click here.

 

The Central West & Orana

  • The Regional VET Pathways initiative supports young people aged 15-19 into training and employment in Central West & Orana.
  • The NSW Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new and upgraded mobile base stations for the Central West and Orana region, reducing blackspot locations.
  • The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing $200 million in NSW over the next two years. The fund will help boost productivity and make the region a more attractive place for individuals and businesses looking to re-locate.

The Central West and Orana Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region ensuring a diverse regional economy; a stronger, healthier environment and diverse heritage; quality freight, transport and infrastructure networks and dynamic, vibrant and health communities. To read the plan, click here.

 

Far West

  • The Aboriginal and Local Jobs Skills Pilot will help young people in Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar and Walgett to move from training into employment, by working with suppliers to create demand for local jobs.
  • Transport is essential for people in regional NSW to get to work, access healthcare or simply reach the shops. Enhanced transport access will help people in the Far West in their commute.
  • Broken Hill Base Hospital redevelopment will improve health facilities in the Far West region including a dental facility and child and family health services.

The Far West Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region founded on the vision of ensuring a diverse economy with efficient transport, exceptional semi-arid rangelands traversed by the Barwon-Darling River and strong, connected communities. To read the plan, click here.

 

Hunter

  • Boosting mental health workers in the Hunter through the Government’s ‘Living Well’ strategic plan. The plan sets out to support those with mental illness by creating a well-supported mental health workforce that employs people with a lived experience of mental illness.
  • Early intervention for vulnerable young people in the Hunter with the aim to reduce offending risk in young people. Youth on Track is an early intervention scheme that supports 10–17 year olds in the Hunter, referring young people to a support service.

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region founded on the vision of creating a leading regional economy in Australia, with a vibrant metropolitan city at the heart. To read the plan, click here.

 

Illawarra-Shoalhaven

  • Supporting students’ wellbeing in Illawarra-Shoalhaven schools with the Supported Students, Successful Students initiative.
  • The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing $200 million over in NSW the next two years on local infrastructure projects, to improve the lives of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven residents
  • The NSW Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new and upgraded mobile base stations for the Illawarra-Shoalhaven, reducing blackspot locations.

The Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2036 was the first of the regional plans aimed at providing a direction for strategic and land use planning for future needs for housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment and connected communities. To read the plan, click here.

 

New England and North West

  • The recent upgrade to the Bookookoorara Creek Bridge on Mount Lindesay Road has improved road safety for the locals.
  • Under the Liberal-National Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, Westdale Public School in Tamworth has designed a program for their gifted school children.

The New England and North West Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region, with the vision of ensuring the nationally valued landscapes and strong, successful communities from the Great Dividing Range to the rich black soil plains. To read the plan, click here.

 

North Coast

  • In 2017, Lismore TAFE received a $200,000 assistance package to restore the campus following the Lismore floods. Lismore TAFE has restored their facility, providing even greater resources for their students.
  • The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing $200 million in NSW over the next two years. The fund will help boost productivity and make the region a more attractive place for individuals and businesses looking to re-locate.
  • Boosting mental health workers with the Government’s ‘Living Well’ strategic plan. The plan sets out to support those with mental illness by creating a well-supported mental health workforce that employs people with a lived experience of mental illness.

The North Coast Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region, with the vision of creating the best region in Australia, to work and play thanks to its spectacular environment and vibrant communities. To read the plan, click here.

 

Riverina-Murray

  • For those looking for work in the Riverina, a pre-employment program with Gundagai Meat Processors offers a new model to start a long career.
  • The NSW Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new and upgraded mobile base stations in the Riverina Murray, reducing blackspot locations.

The Riverina Murray Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region, with the vision of a diversified economy founded on Australia’s food bowl, iconic waterways and a strong network of vibrant and connected communities. To read the plan, click here.

 

South East and Tablelands

  • Good health care involves treating the whole person. For residents in the Snowy Mountains, the new Jindabyne HealthOne facility is bringing their health services together under one roof.
  • Residents are now enjoying state-of-the-art healthcare made available by the biggest infrastructure project ever in the Bega Valley Shire.

The South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036 is the 20-year blueprint for the region, with the vision of a borderless region in Australia’s most geographically diverse natural environment with the nation’s capital at its heart. To read the plan, click here.

 

REGIONAL GROWTH FUND

The NSW Government is investing an additional $1.3 billion in regional infrastructure to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services.

Combined with the $300 million Regional Growth: Environment and Tourism Fund, this brings the funding for regional growth to $1.6 billion.

The NSW Government’s Regional Development Framework provides an overall vision for the Regional Growth Fund. The framework establishes a plan for regional development over the next 30 years that ensures every community across the state benefits from NSW’s economic success.

The aim of the Regional Growth Fund is to build essential infrastructure, support arts and culture, enhance and build sporting infrastructure, improve regional voice and data connectivity, invest in our mining-impacted communities, spur job creation and deliver local infrastructure.