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Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson today announced over $6.6 million from Round Nine of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions Program for Liverpool Plains Shire Council.

The money will allow the council to progress plans for the Liverpool Plains Aquatic Centre with the ageing Quirindi public pool now presenting the shire with challenges to keep the facility operational.

“This is great news for the Liverpool Plains shire 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,” Mr Layzell said.

“It is so important that we continue to invest in the vital public infrastructure that makes regional communities hum. The Resources for Regions program invests in mining communities, ensuring they have the infrastructure they need to thrive,” Mr Anderson added.

“The Quirindi Pool has been a fantastic community asset for generations, but now is the time for an upgrade and this new aquatic centre will be a great benefit to communities across the Liverpool Plains, representing a significant improvement in public infrastructure in the shire.”

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 Liverpool Plains Shire Council for putting forward this project 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.

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