This Government recognises the valuable contribution of our regions and is committed to supporting their growth and prosperity by investing in services and infrastructure across New South Wales.
The Government is on track to meet the Restart NSW priority infrastructure target of allocating 30 per cent of infrastructure spending to our regions over time. This includes the Government’s pledge to invest $6.0 billion of the $20 billion Rebuilding NSW plan in regional and rural infrastructure projects, ensuring that residents across New South Wales share in the proceeds of the State’s poles and wires transactions.
By 30 June 2017, around $9.1 billion will be committed or reserved for projects and programs in regional NSW, including the Rebuilding NSW plan. This is comprised of $3.8 billion committed from Restart NSW and $5.3 billion reserved for a future commitment. Significant new regional reservations include $1.0 billion reserved for the Regional Growth: Economic Activation Fund to unlock economic growth and deliver quality services in regional NSW.
These investments will provide a significant boost to local communities in terms of employment, health, education and lifestyle.
At the same time this budget invests in upgraded and new roads as well as railways and bridges to connect regions with cities and one another, making for faster movement of goods and improving access for visitors.
Some of the Government’s new and existing key regional investments are highlighted in this document.
Boosting education » $46. 0 million over four years to boost wireless access and internet capacity in around 900 regional schools under the Connecting Country Schools program » continued funding for the Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship programs to help early childhood educators upgrade their qualifications.
Quality, accessible services » $5 9.6 million in 2017-18 of the $300.0 million reserved for Regional Multipurpose Services Facilities, which offer medical and allied health services » eight additional positions for palliative care specialists in rural and regional locations and 300 scholarships for palliative care training in regional and rural Local Health Districts » $214.6 million over four years including $177.7 million over two years to enhance critical communication services used by frontline health, emergency and law enforcement officers to better protect our citizens » $20 .1 million to transform 24 motor registries in regional and rural communities into Service NSW centres.