Cash up for grabs for mining-affected towns

The New South Wales government has shortlisted 14 infrastructure projects in mining-affected communities for funding.

Up to $89 million is up for grabs through the Resources for Regions program which aims to relieve infrastructure constraints and support communities affected by mining activity.

So far, $128 million has been allocated to 24 projects across mining-affected areas since 2011.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner said 11 Local Government Areas were eligible to apply in this round of funding, including Broken Hill, Cessnock, Cobar, Lithgow, Maitland, Mid-Western  Regional, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Newcastle, Singleton and Wollongong.

From a field of 82 applications, 14 projects have been shortlisted.

Stoner said the proponents of shortlisted proposals would now be invited to submit a full application.

An independent assessment panel will then consider make funding recommendations to Infrastructure NSW.

“Being shortlisted is not a funding guarantee – applicants will now have to work hard  to provide sufficient economic appraisals and project justifications, including delivery  plans, to support their rationale for funding,” Stoner said.

The 14 shortlisted projects for the 2014-15 round of Resources for Regions are:

  • Broken Hill – $5 million for Broken Hill City Council to refurbish the Civic Centre
  • Cessnock – $8.6 million to Cessnock Council, to upgrade Hermitage Road  and the Broke Road intersection
  • Cobar – $4.1 million for Cobar Shire Council for sealing Whitbarrow Way for mining use;
  • Cobar – $5 million for Cobar Shire Council for the replacement of the twin  pipeline from Nyngan to Cobar, Stage 2;
  • Lithgow – $4.2 million for Lithgow Council for the Cullen Bullen Sewage System and Waste Water Treatment Plant;
  • Maitland – $9.9 million for Maitland City Council for the renovation of Maitland  High Street (Stage 2);
  • Mid-Western – $14 million for the Mid-Western Shire Council to develop an alternative access road to the Hunter from Bylong to Wollar;
  • Muswellbrook – $4.2 million for Muswellbrook Shire Council for traffic safety improvement works to mining affected roads;
  • Muswellbrook – $20 million for Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2 – clinical services;
  • Narrabri – $4.4 million for Narrabri Shire Council for the Timber Bridge  Replacement Program;
  • Narrabri – $9.6 million for Narrabri Shire Council for the Boggabri Sewage  System Augmentation;
  • Newcastle – $12 million for Newcastle City Council for the renovation of  coastal infrastructure, with priority to be given to road connectivity and sea wall  restoration work;
  • Singleton – $7.5 million for Singleton Hospital for a public and private health facility – imaging, ambulatory and primary health care; and
  • Singleton – $8.1 million to Singleton Council, to upgrade Hermitage Road and the Broke Road intersection.

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