Orana region set to benefit from wind farm, mining and rail projects

BIG CROWD: More than 100 businesses and 200 people attended the Regional Rail Project briefing in Dubbo on Friday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
BIG CROWD: More than 100 businesses and 200 people attended the Regional Rail Project briefing in Dubbo on Friday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The Orana region is fast becoming a “powerhouse” with public and private projects driving and supporting growth across the region, reports Dubbo-based Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana.

They include the $643 million wind farm at Liverpool Range, expected by the NSW Government to generate  800 jobs in Upper Hunter and Central West communities. The government says it will be one of the largest wind farms in Australia and able to power almost 500,000 homes.

RDA Orana also points to Alkane Resources’ bid for a mining exploration licence to investigate the possible presence of metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, niobium, zirconium and rare earth elements near Trangie. The  licence application is targeting a geophysical anomaly discovered by state aerial and ground surveys.

“When you couple this with projects already announced, such as the Inland Rail and the state government’s Regional Rail Project, it is easy to see that the business sentiment in the region should remain strong,” RDA Orana asserts in its latest newsletter.

Dubbo is host to one of three offices supporting the 1700-kilometre Inland Rail, a project that Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says “will create jobs and investment opportunities throughout regional NSW”.

Meanwhile, RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon promoted and attended the Regional Rail Project briefing in Dubbo on Friday. More than 100 businesses and 200 people took part in the briefing led by Transport for NSW. Three approved tenders are vying for a contract to replace the entire regional rail fleet of XPT, Endeavour and XPLORER trains, and build and operate a maintenance facility at Dubbo.

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