Cobbora Transition Fund
The NSW Government's $20 million Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund was established to create infrastructure that drives economic growth and productivity in the region.
The fund recognises the impact that land acquisition and other activities associated with the Cobbora Coal Project have had on local communities.
Funding was provided in two ways - $16 million through an expression of interest process, and $1 million allocated directly to each of the four councils in the region at the time.
Together, these projects will boost the region's economy and create jobs during construction and ongoing operation.
A strong response was received through the expressions of interest process, with applications for projects worth more than $109 million and a shortlist of 18 projects drawn up.
Selection of the successful projects followed detailed assessment by Infrastructure NSW, assisted by NSW Treasury, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Cobbora Transition Advisory Group.
The assessment process also took into account extensive community input received via feedback forms online and at local libraries, as well as at a community forum held in Dunedoo in October 2013.
Twelve projects were chosen to receive the $16 million in funding under the program.
These projects range from health care, roads and transport initiatives, through to tourism, events and recreation, and are spread across the region.
The remaining $4 million was allocated directly to the four councils in the region at the time, with $1 million for each council.
The projects each council nominated to receive the $1 million funding are:
Warrumbungle: upgrades and improvements to community facilities in Dunedoo and tennis courts at Dunedoo and Mendooran
Dubbo: upgrade and refurbishment of Old Dubbo Gaol
Mid-Western: construction of new Childcare and Preschool Centre, Mudgee
Wellington: revitalisation of Wellington's Central Business District and villages.
Read about the Cobbora Transition Fund projects and their proposed benefits here, or to view media releases about the Cobbora Transition Fund click here.