Canowindra and other towns across Cabonne Shire are set to benefit from an infrastructure funding boost after Cabonne Council was awarded $1.8 million from the State Government.
The funding is part of the NSW Government’s “Resources for Regions” program, which provides funding for infrastructure projects for mining-related communities across the state.
Cabonne Council Mayor, Cr Kevin Beatty, welcomed the announcement of funding. “The Resources for Regions Program delivers valuable infrastructure funding to mining-related communities in NSW and on behalf of the people of Cabonne, I thank the NSW Government for its continued investment in our Shire,” he said.
“Coming on top of Stronger Country Communities funding and the NSW Showground Stimulus program, Resources for Regions gives Cabonne another vital opportunity to deliver more for our communities.”
The program in its entirety is worth $50 million. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources John Barilaro said the revised funding program will provide 24 local councils with a base amount of $1 million, with a further $26 million weighted to the most mining-affected communities.
“The first six rounds of Resources for Regions delivered $295 million to mining related towns for critical infrastructure and programs, and the revamped fund will build on that success by ensuring funding flows to where it is needed most,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Every year our vibrant mining towns contribute to the NSW economy, but this success can place extra pressure on local infrastructure or create unique and diverse needs that are specific to mining communities.”
“Mining communities and organisations told us what they need and we’ve received those messages loud and clear, which is why the revamped program will provide funding for a wider range of projects and make it easier for councils to secure funding.”