Region Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Coonamble, Cowra, Dubbo Regional, Forbes, Gilgandra, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Warren, Warrumbungle and Weddin
Population (2017): 287,000
Key industries: Agriculture, forestry, fishing, retail trade, health care and social assistance

The Central West and Orana region of New South Wales lies at the heart of our State. It is the second-largest region in the State, covering an area of 125,666 square kilometres. The region features diverse landscapes including part of the iconic Great Dividing Range. 

Investment in this region will support the sustainable use of and access to natural resources through continued funding for the development partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation. New and continuing investment in health, education and roads will also ensure access to quality services and infrastructure. 

Regional highlights:

In 2018-19 roads and infrastructure investments including the following: 

  • $20.0 million for continued delivery of overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway 
  • $6.3 million to continue planning for the new Dubbo bridge on the Newell Highway over the Macquarie River 
  • $4.6 million has been committed as part of the Resources for the Regions Program for stage four of the South Orange Economic Development Corridor (Anson Street to Pinnacle Road)
  • $2.4 million for planning the Newell Highway upgrade at Parkes
  • commencement of construction for the replacement of the bridge over Lignum Creek at Marsden (Bridges for the Bush). 

Health and education infrastructure:

  • $59.2 million in 2018-19 to continue Stage 3&4 of the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment with $150.0 million estimated total cost
  • Commencing the $35.0 million Western Cancer Centre in Dubbo with $6.0 million allocated in 2018-19 ($25.0 million Commonwealth contribution)
  • $25.0 million in 2018-19 to continue construction of Mudgee Hospital
  • funding to partner with Tresillian to establish a Family Care Centre Hub in Dubbo
  • funding to continue the construction of the Dubbo Networked Specialist School and upgrade of the Coolah Central School
  • funding for a TAFE Connected Learning Centre at Grenfell.

Other infrastructure:

  • $7.0 million to support Local Land Services’ Biodiversity Reforms
  • commitment from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund including $8.5 million towards the Jenolan Caves renovation and $1.0 million towards the Mount Panorama Boardwalk.

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