State of Barwon | Vision for the future

The Vision: Bringing together the NSW Government’s long-term planning strategies, including the Future Transport Strategy 2056.
The Vision: Bringing together the NSW Government’s long-term planning strategies, including the Future Transport Strategy 2056.

Twenty year vision 

The 20-year vision for a thriving regional NSW sets out a framework for investment that will guide the allocation of resources from the new $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

The regional vision will promote sustainable, long-term economic growth that will focus on job creation and economic development in the Barwon electorate.

This is a plan that identifies our industry sectors set for growth, and identifies the role of government in facilitating that growth. Focusing on industries including: 

  • Agribusiness and Forestry
  • Resources and Mining
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Tertiary education and skills
  • Health and residential care
  • Renewable energy
  • Freight and Logistics
  • Technology-enabled primary industries 

What’s so important about this vision is that the NSW Government has the financial backing to deliver it, with every cent of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund being spent in regional NSW.

Mentorship at art gallery

I congratulate Jade Kerin from the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery who is one of seven NSW museum practitioners selected to share a total of $20,000 in funding for professional development opportunities for arts and cultural workers across the State.

At the Art Gallery NSW, Jade will focus her mentorship on understanding the institution’s approaches to visitor experience, marketing and volunteer management to help her develop learning for the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery as well as her own network of industry relationships.

I’m delighted to hear that Jade’s dedication is being rewarded. This opportunity will strengthen the arts and culture space throughout the Barwon community and across the region.

Aboriginal mental health services

New frontline staff is set to make mental health care more accessible and culturally safe for Aboriginal people, under a $1 million investment by the NSW Government.

The funding will expand the Aboriginal Mental Health workforce, improve training and development, and enable better mental health service planning and clinical care.

The Aboriginal mental health workforce is an essential part of our mental health services. It is vital this workforce is well supported to continue to close the gap and improve health outcomes for our Aboriginal community.

Quad bike safety 

Farmers will now be able to experience quad bike safety on a whole new level, with the NSW Government today unveiling an innovative virtual reality training experience. Quad bikes continue to be the biggest killer on Australian farms, with 118 people killed since 2011, including 33 in NSW.

The Government has a range of measures in place to help keep farmers safe, but is always looking for new ways to help drive down injuries and fatalities.

SafeWork NSW will debut the program, which was developed by Australian company VR Technologies, at AgQuip in Gunnedah, before taking it on the road to regional events and field days across the state. The new virtual reality experience is part of SafeWork NSW’s $3.7 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

The state-wide program also offers two rebates, worth up to $1,000 each, to replace your existing quad bike or have it fitted with safety equipment like roll bars, as well as free accredited quad bike training.

Those who complete the training, also receive a free helmet. Importantly the vision brings together the NSW Government’s long-term planning strategies, including the Future Transport Strategy 2056, the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy and the regional plans. Visit or call 13 10 50.