Official Media Release

Resources For Regions Delivers 35 Projects For Our Mining Related Communities

Michael Johnsen MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Resources and Member for Upper Hunter, today announced that the Upper Hunter Electorate will soon benefit from 21 new projects that will deliver local infrastructure improvements and help the community thrive, thanks to the NSW Government’s $50 million Resources for Regions round seven.

Mr Johnsen announced $10.3 million for 21 projects across four local government areas in the Upper Hunter electorate, and $15.7 million for 35 projects in total across the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions.

The funded projects are:

Liverpool Plains Shire Waste Strategy Implementation $1,503,812
Muswellbrook Shire  Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre $2,850,318
Muswellbrook Shire Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter STEM Makerspace $600,000
Muswellbrook Shire Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter STEM School and Innovation $300,000
Singleton Singleton Rugby Club Grandstand –  STAGE 2 $500,000
Singleton Singleton Showground New Multi Purpose Performance Shed $250,000
Singleton Singleton Neighbourhood Centre $150,000
Singleton Defence Family and Veteran Employment Pathways Program $150,000
Singleton Singleton Golf Club $285,000
Singleton Wonnarua Healing Centre $299,000
Singleton Singleton Worker Pathways Program $300,000
Singleton Guide to Navigating Mental Health Services $150,000
Singleton Hamiltons Crossing Road Causeway $600,000
Singleton People and Place – Singleton’s Identity Program $300,000
Singleton Building Better Businesses $250,000
Singleton Sports Fields Flood Light Improvements $477,283
Singleton Howe Park Surface Renovations $250,000
Singleton Broke Village Shared Footpath $560,000
Singleton Community Hub Business Case $50,000
Upper Hunter Shire White Park Power Upgrade $742,948
Upper Hunter Shire Cassilis Village Revitalisation $250,000
Upper Hunter Shire Murrurundi Art Gallery & Indigenous Centre (MAGIC) $50,000
Cessnock Cessnock Pool Splashpad Stage 2 $420,300
Cessnock Kurri Kurri CBD Park Beautification Project $482,198
Cessnock Cessnock Disadvantaged Youth Driver Training Program $100,000
Cessnock Cessnock City Cultural Hub $309,700
Lake Macquarie Rathmines Youth Hub $472,111
Lake Macquarie Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council Business Case $50,000
Lake Macquarie Fishburn Fields Floodlight Upgrade $415,779
Lake Macquarie Alkrington Avenue Park Redevelopment $263,635
Maitland Morpeth to Walka Water Works Shared Pathwa $886,213
Maitland Community Program – Environmental Spaces $300,000
Maitland Maitland Gaol Development Plan $50,000
Newcastle Blackbutt Village Orchardtown $591,677
Newcastle Wallsend Active Hub Federal Park Wallsend $500,000

“This funding is great news for our local councils and organisations in the Upper Hunter electorate, and the wider Hunter region, and it will go far to support local infrastructure projects from health, water, roads, education and tourism,” Mr Johnsen said.

“I know from our local councils and communities that the funding from Resources for Regions program is greatly appreciated.

“This important program, which was created by the Nationals in Government, is an example of what is available to all communities in local government areas outside the Sydney metropolitan area that are related to mining.

“These important local projects are just some of the examples being funded by Resources for Regions round seven, taking the total number of projects supported by the program across regional NSW to 149 since 2012.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the revised Resources for Regions program will generate job opportunities, stimulate economic growth, deliver lifestyle improvements and boost wellbeing in mining towns.

“Mining communities and organisations told us how Resources for Regions could be improved and I took action. Now the revised program is funding a broader range of projects and delivering guaranteed and fairer shares of funding,” Mr Barilaro said.

“These 84 projects will make a real difference to mining communities and there is even more to come, with confirmation in the recent NSW Budget that $75 million will be available for new projects through Resources for Regions round eight in 2021.

“I thank both the Hunter region and the Upper Hunter region councils for putting forward these strong projects on behalf of their community and look forward to seeing the benefits that it will deliver.”

Resources for Regions round seven 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 further information, go to www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforeregions.

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