RESOURCES FOR REGIONS DELIVERS PROJECTS FOR UPPER HUNTER MINING COMMUNITIES
The Upper Hunter electorate will soon benefit from 24 new projects which will deliver local infrastructure improvements and programs that help the community thrive, thanks to the NSW Government’s $75 million Resources for Regions Round Eight.
Member for Upper Hunter, Dave Layzell, today announced almost $17.5 million for projects to be delivered in the Muswellbrook Shire Council, Singleton Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and Upper Hunter Shire Council areas.
Mr Layzell said the funded projects include:
$6.39 million for the Muswellbrook Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre;
$1.995 million towards Singleton Council’s Mining Roads Upgrade Program;
$1.988 for Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Waste Strategy Stage 2 Acceleration; and,
$434,244 to assist Upper Hunter Shire Council improve Muffett Street providing upgraded access to the Scone industrial area, Regional Saleyards and local businesses.
“I want to thank our four participating councils for the projects that they have put forward, which with NSW Government support, will now spark investment activity worth almost $40 million across the electorate,” Mr Layzell said.
“Singleton Council, for example, has been successful with ten infrastructure projects but has also attracted support for a mental health resilience and wellbeing program and a program to assist defence families with employment pathways.”
“Whilst Upper Hunter Shire looks to the future with three business cases to be developed for prominent Scone locations including Campbells Corner, White Park and the Bill Rose Sporting Complex.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said Resources for Regions has been highly successful with Rounds One through to Seven delivering 149 projects worth $345 million to mining communities since 2012.
“Mining plays a very important part in the NSW economy, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the state and it will continue to play a role in the Upper Hunter electorate for years to come, which is why we’re investing in the future of mining regions,” Mr Toole said.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting regional mining towns that supply our state with the precious resources, and I am grateful for Upper Hunter Shire Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Singleton Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council putting forward these projects which will support the ongoing prosperity of the local community.”
The Resources for Regions Program is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.
For more information, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforeregions.