|Region||Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Walgett and Wentworth|
|Key industries:||Agriculture, forestry, fishing, retail trade, health care and social assistance|
The Far West region of New South Wales borders South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. It is made up of small communities separated by long distances. Investments made in this Budget will help the region address unique challenges posed by its location and sparse population.
Work is well underway on the 270km Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline. This is the largest investment into regional water security on record and will provide long-term water security for Broken Hill and surrounding districts. Construction is due to be complete by December 2018.
Broken Hill Hospital is being upgraded to include reconfiguration of its ambulatory care wing to expand cancer care services and consolidate waiting areas for patients.
- $5.1 million in 2018-19 to continue the Broken Hill Hospital and Dental Facility Reconfiguration
- funding to partner with Tresillian to establish a Family Care Centre Hub in Broken Hill.
- funding as part of a four-year package to replace Police Citizens Youth Clubs across New South Wales including replacement clubs in Walgett and Bourke
- funding confirmed as part of the Stronger Country Communities fund towards the following projects:
- Brewarrina Pool facilities upgrade
- replacement of lights at Larkin Oval and installing new lights over netball courts at Nyngan
- upgrading existing netball courts in Coonamble
- replacing Curlwaa Memorial Hall.
- $194.5 million in 2018-19 towards the Broken Hill Pipeline
- $26.7 million in 2018-19 for the ongoing sealing of the Silver City and Cobb Highways to provide all-weather and more durable highways in the region
- funding for a redevelopment of the Broken Hill Police Station as part of the Multipurpose Police Station Program
- $667,000 for the Broken Hill Core Library upgrade
- funding for a TAFE Connected Learning Centre at Bourke.