Regions miss out on resources

Parts of regional New South Wales have missed out on Resources for Regions funding, resulting in NSW Labor calling for an overhaul of how the impacts of mining is assessed.

Maitland, Cessnock and Lake Macquarie all missed out on the funding.

The opposition yesterday attempted to move a priority motion condemning the government for not finding the three local government areas eligible for cash through the program, which promises millions of dollars for infrastructure, the Newcastle Herald reported.

Instead the government will fund projects in Newcastle, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Cobar, Narrabri, and Lithgow council areas.

Of those regions Newcastle was listed as the most ‘‘indirectly affected’’ by mining.

This was because there are more than 550 mining related truck movements in the area each day.

Cessnock Labor MP Clayton Barr said the government was failing other Hunter areas that were major coal transport routes or had coalmines in them.

Barr’s comments were echoed by Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper who also criticised the process which saw Lake Macquarie miss out on funding.

In a statement Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the assessment had been independently audited, and the Herald reported Cessnock and Maitland councils had not nominated for funding through a survey.

‘‘Nevertheless whilst these communities are no doubt affected by mining activity, judged by  a per capita basis they do not rank amongst the most impacted in the state,’’ Stoner said.

The government has promised $160 million over four years, and to date has allocated $10 million to Singleton and Muswellbrook.

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