State of Barwon: Rail projects receive a boost

Successful projects will take trucks off local roads and put hard earned money back into the pockets of local farmers and businesses.
Successful projects will take trucks off local roads and put hard earned money back into the pockets of local farmers and businesses.


Two local projects have won a share of more than $137 million of funding from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Rail program.

The successful projects will take trucks off local roads, deliver travel time savings for freight carriers and put hard earned money back into the pockets of local farmers and businesses.

The projects include:

  • $1.8 million for rail siding upgrades and loading improvements at Bellata.(Applicant - GrainCorp)
  • $1.2 million for rail sliding upgrades and loading improvements at Condobolin (Applicant - GrainCorp)

The project at Bellata will mean around 700 truck journeys will be removed from our roads while the upgrades in Condobolin will result in 900 fewer truck journeys – this is a combined intermodal shift of approximately 72,000 tonnes.

This is not only making our roads safer but will benefit local farmers by reducing grain transport costs by an estimated $5 per tonne in both regions.

Regional NSW produces an estimated 255 million tonnes of freight a year and this is expected to increase by 31 million tonnes between 2016 and 2036.


I am thrilled to announce the development application (DA) for the new Cobar Health Service has been approved.

Additionally, the contract for the construction works for the project has been awarded to Hutchinson Builders.

These two milestones now achieved, early construction activities are expected to begin by October.

Given the size of this project and the staging required to work in with and continue to deliver the existing health services, the project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

The Cobar Health Service redevelopment project includes constructing a new Health Service, co-located with the existing Lilliane Brady Village which provides residential aged care.

The scope for the project includes:

  • Inpatient services
  • Emergency services
  • Community Health services
  • Staff accommodation
  • Additional ten residential aged care rooms and light refurbishment of the Lilliane Brady Village

The redevelopment project is part of a $300 million program of works to upgrade existing or build new Multipurpose Service facilities at a number of rural and remote communities throughout NSW.


Barwon residents are being encouraged to highlight brilliant women in their community, with nominations now open for the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

The Awards recognise women who have demonstrated excellence in business and society or made outstanding contributions, both personally and professionally.

So many Barwon women pour their heart and soul into their careers, families and volunteer work, strengthening and enriching our community.

The 2019 NSW Women of the Year Award categories include:

  • NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award
  • NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
  • Community Hero
  • Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year
  • Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year
  • NSW Business Woman of the Year
  • First State Super Lifetime Achievement

Nominations for 2019 close on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

For more information or to nominate visit:

The winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony on Thursday 7 March 2019, the day before International Women’s Day.