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Source: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

17 Nov 2020

More than $100 million has been pumped into water infrastructure, road investments and community-focused services in the State’s far west through the 2020-21 NSW Budget, as recovery from the drought begins.

Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall today welcomed the funding boost, which he said would include projects and services the region had never had before.

“The residents of the State’s west have been at the coalface of the harshest drought we’ve seen, so for them this is a much-welcomed injection,” Mr Marshall said.

“At the heart of the more than $100 million for Western NSW in the Budget is funding for water infrastructure, roads and health services; projects which make a very real difference to the lives of the people in these regional and remote communities.

“Walgett and Lightning Ridge will drought-proof their water supplies with funding for the trial of new drinking water technologies, while Condobolin will benefit from $14.4 million for the delivery of a pipeline to connect the augmented bore field to town.”

Mr Marshall also welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to providing critical health services to remote communities, including $1.1 million for the establishment of a mobile Computerised Tomography (CT) service for Cobar, Walgett and Bourke.

“This Budget continues our commitment to ensuring that people raising their families and working in the State’s far west have the same access to services someone would get in Sydney,” Mr Marshall said.

“A mobile CT scanner is a huge victory for health outcomes in these communities, while also removing the burden of emergency services.

“There will also be $700,000 for the refurbishment of the Broken Hill Medical Imaging and Breastscreen Service which will make it both more accessible and comfortable for patients.”

Mr Marshall said the roads that connect communities right across Western NSW will be further funded in the Budget to ensure safer, smoother and faster travel and boost productivity.

“Only those who live in our far west communities truly appreciate the distances they travel, so it’s crucial we continue investing in road infrastructures,” Mr Marshall said.

“From the top of the State to the very bottom there will be all-weather and more durable highways, with $50 million committed for the continued sealing of the Silver and Cobb Highways.

“These highways aren’t just a bit of bitumen, but a lifeline, and these upgrades will provide a boost to productivity, making it safer and faster for freight to move right across NSW.”

Mr Marshall also said new and upgraded social and affordable housing for Aboriginal communities in Walgett, Wilcannia and Broken Hill will be delivered.

“The NSW Government has dedicated a further $1.82 million to ensure these services support our indigenous communities and provide better housing,” Mr Marshall said.

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