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$35 million boost for rural NSW


Mayor of Walgett Shire Jasen Ramien wants funding to upgrade remote airstrips for medical emergencies. Photo TWH

Regional NSW has received a $35 million boost from the New South Wales government, with a focus on remote air strips, job creation, and Aboriginal businesses.

Minister for Regional New South Wales, Tara Moriarty took part in several round table discussions across the state last year including at Bourke in December.

Also attending the gathering was NSW Premier Chris Minns, and representatives from Bogan, Cobar, Brewarrina, and Bourke Shire Councils, and Member for Barwon, Roy Butler.

These round tables helped shape regional initiatives which were recently announced to align with the four focus areas of the Regional Development Trust: sustainable regional industries, including emerging and job creating industries, Aboriginal economic development and enterprise, community infrastructure and capacity building and improving regional service delivery.

“Development funding for regional communities should not be dependent on who they voted for, but on where the need is greatest,” Ms Moriarty said.

Around $15 million of the $35 million package is earmarked to improve rural and remote airstrips. After an audit of remote and rural airstrips across 20 local government areas in western NSW, a rollout schedule will be developed based on priority and need.

Mayor of Walgett Shire, Jasen Ramien said getting funding for Walgett’s local airstrips would be a “game changer.”

“As soon as we were aware of the funding, we were onto the emails, seeing what we need to do to access some for our two local strips,” Councillor Ramien said. […]


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