The Snowy Mountains, Hunter-Newcastle and Parkes regions will benefit from a new regional recovery fund announced by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
The $100 million package is aimed at regions suffering due to drought, bushfires and the pandemic.
The announcement is part of the Federal Government’s $135 million package to promote the recovery and resilience of regional Australia, which will be outlined in next week’s budget.
Senator for NSW Perin Davey said it is fantastic to see Hunter included in today’s announcement.
“After an incredibly tough year with bushfire, drought and COVID-19, today’s announcement is great news for the Hunter region which is primed to build and diversify its economy,” Senator Davey said.
“This additional funding shows the Nationals in Government are committed to developing a package of targeted initiatives to deliver jobs, economic recovery and economic diversification to ensure we emerge from these unprecedented times in the best shape possible.”
“The money will be used to support recovery and growth through projects co-ordinated with other levels of governments.”
Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton said the Government understood the importance of communications connectivity for all Australians.
“That’s why we are providing an additional $30 million in funding for the Regional Connectivity Program to improve connectivity in regional and remote Australia,” Minister Coulton said.
“The Regional Connectivity Program is an important part of the Government’s investment in regional telecommunications.
“This additional funding means there is now up to $83 million available under the program for projects to improve connectivity outside of the National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed-line footprint.
“The Regional Connectivity Program will target investment in telecommunications infrastructure projects that respond to local priorities and maximise economic opportunities and social benefits for regional, rural and remote Australians.”
The Australian Government will also fund a new $5 million Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative to support current and emerging leaders to further develop their leadership skills.