$32 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR MINING COMMUNITIES

Regional and rural communities affected by mining can now apply for a share of $32 million made available by the NSW Government through the Resources for Regions program.


Member for Tamworth and Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development Kevin Anderson is encouraging local communities to work together to develop strong applications for funding.


“Mining is an important contributor to the NSW economy, but it puts extra pressure on community infrastructure and services,” Mr Anderson said.


“Previously Resources for Regions was only available to Local Government Areas that had a mine located within their boundaries however we know that mining has an effect on surrounding communities as well which is why I fought to have the program expanded.


“Now towns like Gunnedah have an opportunity to access the funding where they previously couldn’t.”


Applications to fund economic and social infrastructure projects are now open to communities in local government areas (LGAs) outside the Sydney metropolitan area that have been affected by mining activity.


“It’s important that we acknowledge the pressures on infrastructure that mining can bring to communities so it’s great that the NSW Government is continuing to help relieve that pressure to ensure long term economic viability for regional communities.


“I will be working closely with our mining affected communities and offering my full support in their applications for a share of the funding.”


Expressions of interest will be open until 7 April 2016.


For more details about the Resources for Regions Program, please visit www.industry.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforregions

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