Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomes the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will support the creation of new jobs and attract tourists back to the bush.

Ms Cooke said the new package includes a new $50 million Regional Events Package, $30 million Regional Jobs Creation Fund Round Two and $40 million for priority infrastructure projects across Regional NSW.

“The new $25 million Community Events Package will help local councils stage events such as festivals and picnics, which will help our towns reconnect and celebrate being together once again, which is exactly what we need,” Ms Cooke said.

“I can’t wait to see tourists welcomed back to our vibrant towns and villages where they can experience our regions many wonders and the great hospitality of our friendly locals.

“Our regional areas have more to offer than ever before with an abundance of opportunity for local ideas and improvements to be made in communities through this recovery package.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the package will deliver long term support and certainty for businesses as the state reopens, tourism rebounds and investors eye new opportunities in the bush.

“This package has laid the foundations for a strong recovery for Regional NSW and I look forward to making further funding announcements in the coming weeks that will ensure the regions bounce back better than ever,” Mr Toole said.

“Round Two of the Regional Job Creation Fund aims to create 1,500 new jobs and I look forward to announcing successful projects from the first round in the coming weeks, which will help businesses create jobs and give tourists even more reason to visit the bush.

“The $200 million Regional Recovery Package allows us to continue delivering what we’ve already started with the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund and the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, and I can’t wait to see the benefits it will deliver.”

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