Western Joint Organisations given millions for regional projects

Barwon MP Kevin Humphries.
Barwon MP Kevin Humphries.

Two Joint Organisations in the region will share in $20 million from the NSW government.

The Far North West Joint Organisation (made up of Bourke, Cobar and Walgett councils) and the Far South West Joint Organisation (Balranald, Broken Hill, Central Darling and Wentworth councils) have now been formally proclaimed.

As part of their formation, the government announced a $20 million funding package to address air services, better roads, tourism and cultural projects in the region.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the new joint organisations could start making decisions that would make life better for families and businesses in the community.

“The Far West joint organisations will see our councils, State agencies and other key stakeholders working together to plan and prioritise important regional projects that cross traditional council boundaries and would be difficult for individual councils to get done on their own,” Mr Humphries said.

Dubbo Regional Council decided not to be a member of a Joint Organisation earlier in the year.