Kevin Humphries

ACCORDING TO THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (2 MAY 2018) EMPLOYMENT IN FAR WEST PREDICTED TO BOOM

7 May 2018

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today summarises investment from the NSW Government and the National Party in particular, is unpresented in the Far West.  Over the past 3 years, the NSW government has prioritized investments over $1,052,000,000 in infrastructure investment. 

Kevin Humphries said “Communities in the Far West have benefited from significant investment by the NSW Government with record levels of investment in infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, roads and public transport, laying the foundations to drive growth in our Far West communities.

“Reported in a recent landmark study by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, - the Far West is predicted to boom by 7.9%*

“As a result of the NSW Government’s strong economic and financial management and its successful reform agenda, the Far West now shares in world-class infrastructure and services. I am happy to work with the community groups that aim to achieve the forecast of 25 thousand people to reside in Broken Hill by 2025.

“We have created the Regional Growth Fund, a once-in-a-generation investment, providing communities in the Far West with a more streamlined and responsive approach to investment. 

“The study* states that industry growth is predicted in Health, Construction and Education and Training. Today we open the new Country University Campus, Broken Hill young and old, are set to benefit from a $5.5 million redevelopment - $3.9 million of this from the State Government - of the YMCA, while the whole community will benefit shortly from the new $30 million Community Health Centre – all creating and maintaining sustainable growth.

“Additionally, the NSW Government continues to invest in water security and roads infrastructure. The $467 million Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline is a significant infrastructure project for Broken Hill, injecting $50 million into the Wentworth and Broken Hill economics. It will generate more than 150 jobs, with 500 jobs expected at its peak.

“Our government has continued to demonstrate its long term regional road commitments. Over $40 million is being invested in the ongoing upgrade of the Cobb and Silver City Highways, proof that we are putting funds straight back into Far West services and infrastructure.

“We want Broken Hill and the Far West communities to be the best place to live, work, raise a family and run a business. Our strong economic management as a National & Liberal Government means we can continue to reinvest our financial success back into our people and our Far West communities’” concluded Kevin Humphries.

*Department of Jobs and Small Business – Australian Jobs 2018 (https://docs.jobs.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australianjobs2018.pdf)

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