$15.4 million for the Orana from the NSW Government's Drought Stimulus Package

19 July 2019

The NSW Deputy Premier John Barliaro this week announced 4 projects for the Orana region. With the funding coming from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package, which aims to deliver economic benefits for local economies experiencing the flow-on effects of the drought.

$1 million was announced in Nyngan for two of the last brick railway stations west of Dubbo to increase tourism in the shire. The funding will not only help to expand the Nyngan Station museum and visitor centre, but transform Girilambone's railway station into a tourist attraction site.

In Cobar $4.4 million was announced for the Cobar Industrial Subdivision Project from the NSW Government. The land, which is owned by the Cobar Shire Council, will have space for 28 industrial blocks, allowing businesses to set up in the town. The new funding will involve the building of roads, kerbs and gutters to support the industrial precinct.

$3.9 million was also announced for the Gilgandra Industrial Precinct. The precinct will be connected to energy, road, rail, community and utility networks. The precinct will also leverage the opportunities from the construction of the Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) Inland Rail that will revolutionise freight transport, taking trucks off the roads and making NSW more competitive.

Finally $6 million was announced in Dubbo for improvements to safety and travel times along Boothenba Road corridor outside the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets which will include:

  • realignment and widening of Boothenba Road
  • creation of dedicated turning and deceleration lanes
  • widening of median islands
  • new signals installed at the level rail crossing intersecting Boothenba Road near the Newell Highway.