Orange Hillside Orchard
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 (2016): 288,000
Key industries: Agriculture/forestry/fishing, retail trade, health care and social assistance

The Central West and Orana region of NSW 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 Taronga Western Plains Zoo will promote economic growth in the region, while the new Youth on Track Program will help divert young people from the criminal justice system. Continuing works on a new Connected Learning Centre in Coonabarabran will allow more people in more places to access TAFE through a state-of-the-art digital learning hub.

Key highlights include:

  • continuing to deliver on the $188.1 million project to build a rapid-build prison in Wellington
  • $110.7 million for an additional 250 beds at the Bathurst Correctional Facility
  • investment in Trangie as part of the $65.0 million research and development partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to extend research into winter crop development, infrastructure capacity development and skill development
  • $43.5 million in 2017-18 to continue the investments in Dubbo Hospital with an estimated total cost of $241.3 million
  • roads and infrastructure programs including the following investments for 2017-18:
    • $9.9 million for upgrades on the Newell Highway at Trewilga
    • $9.5 million to complete the Guanna Hill realignment on the Mitchell Highway
    • $5.0 million towards planning for the Newell Highway, Parkes bypass in Parkes
  • $8.0 million in 2017-18 towards building a new hospital at Mudgee with an estimated total cost of $70.2 million 
  • $7.5 million in 2017-18 on the Visitor Experience program at Taronga Western Plains Zoo a new Dubbo Networked Specialist School and the Coolah Central School upgrade
  • the Resolve mental health social impact investment, including a support centre in Orange
  • works commenced in 2016 on a new fire and rescue station in Parkes with an estimated cost of $1.0 million
  • $753,000 in 2017-18 for the Youth on Track program in Dubbo, Orange and Cowra.