Fort Bourke Lookout
Region Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Walgett and Wentworth
Population (2016): 46,000
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. The investments made in this Budget will help the region address the unique challenges posed by its location and sparse population. This includes significant investments in water security and health services. The procurement process is underway to deliver the 270-kilometre pipeline from the Murray River to Broken Hill to secure a permanent and reliable water supply for the town.

Key highlights include:

  • improved water security measures such as:
    • a significant investment to deliver the 270-kilometre Broken Hill pipeline. This is being undertaken by Water NSW with the pipeline expected to be operational by late 2018
    • $9.9 million to improve water treatment in Cobar
    • $5.0 million for stage two of the Cobar to Nyngan twin pipelines
    • $5.5 million for a new water treatment plant and reticulation network at White Cliffs
    • $2.0 million for sewerage works at Wentworth
    • $946,000 to secure water supply at Cumborah
  • other infrastructure projects including:
    • $3.9 million for the Broken Hill Integrated Health Facility
    • $800,000 for the seal extension project at Wilga Downs Road
    • $742,700 for the Lightning Ridge Airport upgrade to boost tourism to the region.