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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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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.