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Resources for Regions delivers $17.5m Upper Hunter windfall

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The Upper Hunter electorate will soon benefit from 24 new projects, thanks to round eight of the NSW Government’s $75 million Resources for Regions.

Almost $17.5 million is scheduled to be delivered in the Muswellbrook, Singleton, Liverpool Plains and Upper Hunter LGAs (Local Government Areas).

More than $6 million will go towards the Muswellbrook Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre; $1.995 million has been allocated to Singleton Council’s Mining Roads Upgrade Program; Liverpool Plains Shire Council receives $1.988 million for its Waste Strategy Stage 2 Acceleration; and $434,244 is heading to Upper Hunter Shire Council to improve Muffett Street and access to the Scone industrial area, regional saleyards and local businesses.

“I want to thank our four participating councils for the projects that they have put forward, which the NSW Government fully supports,” Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said.

“They will now spark investment activity worth almost $40 million across the electorate.

“Singleton Council, for example, has been successful with 10 infrastructure projects – including one at the Singleton Greyhounds Rugby League Football Club – but has also attracted support for a mental health resilience and wellbeing program and an initiative to assist defence families with employment pathways.

“While Upper Hunter Shire looks to the future with three business cases to be developed for prominent Scone locations including Campbells Corner, White Park and the Bill Rose Sporting Complex.”

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said Resources for Regions had been highly-successful with rounds one through to seven delivering 149 projects worth $345 million to mining communities since 2012.

“Mining plays a very important part in the NSW economy, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the state,” he stated.

“And, it will continue to play a role in the Upper Hunter electorate for years to come, which is why we’re investing in the future of mining regions.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting regional mining towns that supply our state with the precious resources.

“I’m grateful for Upper Hunter Shire Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Singleton Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council putting forward these projects, which will support the ongoing prosperity of the local community.”

The Resources for Regions program 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 more information, go to www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforeregions

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