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Monday, September 17, 2018

It was fantastic to be able to announce with the Deputy Premier $9.3 million in funding last week, for stage one of the $44.5 million Western Region Institute of Sport. This funding is amazing in realizing the dream to build a regional sports and wellness hub, which will have an indoor sports centre at its heart, giving local and elite athletes a premium space to train and perform. This will not only benefit Dubbo but the entire western district, it will mean kids will be able to stay in their country home and their country schools with their mates but still have the best of facilities and the best of coaching without having to move to Sydney.


Last week I welcomed the NSW Government’s landmark business incentive and support package that will ignite investment and create jobs in regional NSW.

The Investment Attraction Package for Regional NSW will boost the number of businesses moving to regional NSW towns by giving businesses incentives, cutting planning red tape and providing grants to skilled workers.

This is a great initiative that will proactively seek out businesses and showcase to them the benefits of moving to areas like the Dubbo, Mudgee or Narromine.

Increasing the number of businesses and skilled workers in the region means more jobs will have the beneficial flow on effect of creating more work for our local suppliers, tradies, retailers, restaurants and cafes as well as the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy diverse cultures.

The Investment Attraction Package features region investment attraction fund of $20 million in grants and interest free loans targeted at offsetting government levies and duties, such as payroll tax to eligible business that want to invest and grow in regional NSW, which will lead to new jobs.

Skills Relocation Assistance of $10 million in grants of up to $10,000 per eligible skilled worker to help meet the cost of moving from the city to the country, such as furniture removal and temporary accommodation for up to three months.

Investment concierge supporting business investing in or moving to regional NSW, working with an appointed Regional Investment Coordinator to provide easy access to incentives, smooth the planning process, help lodge applications and liaise with government departments.

For more information about the Package contact the Investment Concierge service at


Event organisers in the region holding events between January and June 2019 are encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s Flagship Event Funding, which is now open.

The 2019 Fund will be offered in two rounds per year and with just a single application process.

The NSW Government is continuing to reduce the red tape and for the first time, event organisers no longer have to submit an expression of interest when applying for the Flagship Event Fund.

The change means a more streamlined application process, making it quicker for events in the region to access vital funds and boost tourism in our local economies.

Events can apply for an annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 to help market and promote their event to visitors outside of their local area.

The Regional Flagship Events Program is managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Applications for Round One of the 2019 Flagship Event Fund close on Monday 8 October 2018. To lodge an application visit

Until next week


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