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Cobbora Transition Fund Kick Starts Projects and Creates Jobs

Friday, August 01, 2014

Member for Dubbo and Chair of the Cobbora Transition Fund Troy Grant and Member for Barwon, Minister for Western NSW Kevin Humphries today announced $16 million from the NSW Government’s Cobbora Transition Fund will kick-start 12 infrastructure projects across the region.

Mr Grant said communities would benefit across all four of the Local Government Areas eligible for the funding: Warrumbungle, Dubbo, Mid Western and Wellington.

“A range of important projects will now go ahead thanks to this NSW Government funding, from health care, roads and transport initiatives, through to tourism, events and recreation,” Mr Grant said.

“Our aim is to ensure the funds are directed to projects that will deliver the greatest benefit, creating jobs and economic growth.

“As well many direct jobs, especially in healthcare and tourism, there will be a number of construction jobs for these projects and many more indirect jobs in the local economy.”

Mr Humphries said the funding acts as a catalyst, providing finance to get projects off the ground and allowing organisations to invest their own money.

“The Fund is allowing projects worth more than $21 million to start, demonstrating the wider economic benefits of this NSW Government program.

“The Macquarie Home Stay at Dubbo is a prime example – creating 15 additional jobs when operating, as well as 20 jobs during construction,” Mr Grant said.

“This project will support regional patients requiring healthcare in Dubbo, as well as their families and carers, by providing accessible and affordable short-term accommodation.

“Allowing people to stay nearby will reduce the length of treatment – enabling people to go home sooner and creating efficiencies for Dubbo Base Hospital.”

The projects benefiting from the Cobbora Transition Fund were selected following assessment by Infrastructure NSW, assisted by NSW Treasury, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Cobbora Transition Advisory Group – chaired by Mr Grant and also including the Minister for Western NSW and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, and Member for Orange Andrew Gee.

“The assessment process also took into account extensive community input received via feedback forms online and at local libraries, as well as at a community forum held in Dunedoo late last year,” Mr Grant said.

The Cobbora Transition Fund was established following the NSW Government’s decision not to proceed with its obligation to develop and operate the Cobbora coal mine, and it recognises the impact that land acquisition and other activities associated with the project have had on local communities.

The $20 million Fund has been allocated in two ways - $16 million through an expressions of interest process, and the remainder allocated directly to each of the four Councils, with $1 million to each Council.

Councils have previously nominated their projects to receive the $1 million funding:

  • Warrumbungle: upgrades and improvements to community facilities in Dunedoo and tennis courts at Dunedoo and Mendooran
  • Dubbo: upgrade and refurbishment of Old Dubbo Gaol
  • Mid-Western: construction of new Childcare and Preschool Centre, Mudgee
  • Wellington: revitalisation of Wellington’s Central Business District and villages.

A full list of the successful projects sharing $16 million from the Fund is provided below.

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Restart Funding

Total Project

Dubbo Hospital – Macquarie Home Stay patient accommodation




Three Rivers regional retirement community and learning centre, Dunedoo



Dunedoo District infrastructure revitalisation

Community revitalisation



Refurbishment of facades within Wellington CBD



Wellington CBD beautification Stage 3



Three Rivers recreation grounds upgrade, Coolah



Rygate Park development, Wellington



Fairydale and Saleyards Lanes upgrade, Mudgee 




Mendooran Showground

Events and tourism



Wellington Showground



Red Hill mining visitor precinct, Gulgong



Wellington Caves holiday complex








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