Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP prior to social distancing inspects Lake Cowal Gold Mine in the Bland Shire with visitor high viz vest on and hard hat.  The golden stacked quarry is visible in the background as a mining representative also looks on beside Steph.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP prior to social distancing inspects Lake Cowal Gold Mine in the Bland Shire

Local towns and communities embedded within the mining industry are now guaranteed a fairer share of funding through the NSW Government’s revamped Resources for Regions program, which is delivering an additional $50 million worth of new infrastructure projects and community programs.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke 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.

“I’m so pleased that over $2 million has been allocated to the Bland Shire in the Cootamundra Electorate, which will go directly towards community programs and take pressure off local infrastructure,” Ms Cooke 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,” Ms Cooke added.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Mining John Barilaro said the changes that have been made to Resources for Regions will not only help create new jobs and drive economic growth, they will also deliver lifestyle improvements and increase the wellbeing of communities for generations to come.

“Knowing how much funding will be available and having the flexibility to work within that funding envelope will allow councils to confidently put forward projects that best support our local communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

Resources for Regions Round Seven is part of the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.

Bland was one of 24 eligible Local Government Areas that received funding. For further information, go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforregions