Projects put forward for Resources for Regions program

There is $50 million up for grabs under the 2017/18 Resources for Regions program and Cessnock City Council has decided to put six projects forward for consideration. 

There is $50 million up for grabs under the 2017/18 Resources for Regions program and Cessnock City Council has decided to put six projects forward for consideration.

Established under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund, the Resources for Regions program aims to deliver improved local infrastructure to mining affected areas.

Cessnock became eligible to apply for the funding back in 2014 when a decision was made to extend the program to include communities impacted by mining legacy issues.

Projects submitted must be for public infrastructure and demonstrate good value for money, sound project planning, positive economic benefit and region-wide impacts.

Council will submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) applications for six projects including the Branxton to Greta Cycleway; Cessnock to Kurri Kurri - HEX Cycleway; Bridges Hill, Convent Hill and East End Oval Upgrade; Cessnock Airport Upgrade; Stage 2 of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation; and the replacement of Abbotsford Street Bridge.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this funding program provides excellent opportunities for our region and he hopes to see some of these projects come to fruition.

“We were successful in securing joint funding with Singleton Council of $16.7 million for the Broke Road and Hermitage Road and Cycleway Project back in 2015, which will have a huge impact on our region.”

“We will put our best foot forward for this round of funding in the hope of securing the maximum amount for our nominated projects,” added Cr Pynsent. Submissions for the 2017/18 Resources for Regions program must be made by 5pm on 18 August 2017.

For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/resources-for-regions.   

 8/8/2017