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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP

RESOURCES FOR REGIONS RETURNS $32 MILLION TO THE UPPER HUNTER ELECTORATE

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell today announced over $32 million from Round Nine of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions Program has been allocated to 22 projects in his electorate.

“I congratulate Singleton Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council and Cessnock City Council and on the success of their funding applications,” Mr Layzell said.
“This is great news especially for the Singleton, Muswellbrook, Denman, Scone and Branxton communities and I am thrilled the Liberals and Nationals in Government are able to show an ongoing commitment to delivering projects that benefit our community, and contribute to our local economy.”

Resources for Regions Round Nine will allow the delivery of:

· Ten projects by Singleton Council;

· Muswellbrook Shire Council has financial support for six projects;

· Upper Hunter Shire Council receives funding for four projects; and,

· Liverpool Plains Shire Council has one project to be funded.


“Muswellbrook Shire Council’s $10 million includes $4.8 million for a Community Infrastructure Depot enabling resource recovery and recycling and $3.6 million for Denman Recreation Reserve and drainage work in Merton Street Denman,” Mr Layzell said.


“More than $1.8 million will be invested in separate projects to be undertaken by Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter councils on the Campbells Corner buildings in Muswellbrook and Scone whilst White Park, Scone is in for a $900,000 boost.


“Singleton Council has $12.7 million for ten projects with $4,393,850 towards the Singleton Transport Infrastructure Project, $4.25 million goes towards a Singleton Community Amenity Program and the Singleton Community Rural Halls Upgrade Program has $1.77 million.


Over $1 million will go towards Singleton projects for an upgrade at the showground, a further stage of the Singleton Rugby Club’s grandstand and irrigation improvements at Singleton Golf Club.


“Liverpool Plains Shire Council has $6.6 million towards its aquatic centre plans and Cessnock council receives over $600,000 available for the Branxton Town Centre project.”


Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said Resources for Regions has delivered 355 projects worth $560 million to mining communities since its inception in 2012, stimulating local economies and delivering critical infrastructure.


“The Resources for Regions program is about giving back to these mining communities that contribute so much to the NSW economy,” Mr Toole said.


“It’s absolutely crucial we continue to support regional mining towns that supply our State with the resources needed to keep the lights on and the economy moving forward, and this program is just another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to the future of our mining regions.


I would like to congratulate the four council for putting forward these projects which will make big difference for the people and organisations in this local community.”


Since 2012, Resources for Regions has supported economic and social prosperity in mining communities in regional NSW, with the $140 million Round Nine expanded to support communities where gas exploration or mining may occur.


The $560 million Resources for Regions is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and infrastructure for regional communities.


For further information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/R4R.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dave Layzell and Muswellbrook Mayor Steve Reynolds inspecting drainage at Denman.

PHOTO CAPTION: Announcing Singleton's funding with Deputy Mayor Tony Jarrett at Singleton Golf Club.

PHOTO CAPTION: White Park, Scone is in for an upgrade with Upper Hunter Mayor Maurice Collison receiving the good news.


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