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WALGETT SOLAR FARM TO POWER UTS

12 November 2018 The University of Technology Sydney recently signed its third renewable energy power purchase agreement, this time for the output of the 32MW Walgett Solar Farm in the Orana region. The University said it will purchase the equivalent of half its annual electricity demand from the solar farm, through a deal that will kick start construction of the…

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FUNDING TO DELIVER LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Government is calling on councils to apply for a share of a further $20 million in funding to support local government infrastructure projects that speed up housing delivery across NSW. The Government Low Cost Loan Initiative gives councils a 50% refund of interest payments on loans for infrastructure projects which enable housing supply. Funding from the first round…

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Business Interest Sought for New Cobar Industrial Estate

Businesses seeking commercial land in Cobar are invited to submit an expression of interest to Cobar Shire Council, which has plans to build a new industrial estate in the town. RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon is supportive of the Council’s application under the Growing Local Economies fund. “The proposal encompasses a new purpose-built industrial estate with 30…

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Rail network expected to drive success

The implementation of a strategy to help country communities take advantage of the forthcoming Inland Rail network has been met with approval by RDA Orana chairperson John Walkom. The strategic planning tool, Are you ready for Inland Rail? will be developed by Regional Australia Institute and was commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities to assist regions…

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New health service for Cobar

The Development Application (DA) for a new Cobar Health Service has been approved, with early construction activities expected to begin by October. The redevelopment project includes in-patient services, emergency services, community health services, staff accommodation and an additional ten residential aged care rooms and light refurbishment of the Lilliane Brady Village. There will also be inclusion of flexible acute/subacute beds…

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Inland Rail’s one-stop-shop

To maximise the local benefits of Inland Rail, the Federal Government has announced a One-Stop-Shop to bring together job and training programs and strategically assist with employment opportunities during construction. The facility will support the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and its contractors to enhance local benefits and act as a central point of advice for contractors to source local…

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Inland Rail’s Narromine to Narrabri leg on track

The Narromine to Narrabri section of the Inland Rail project is underway, with the Australian Rail Track Corporation awarding a $13.5M works contract to begin this section of the groundbreaking 1700km project. JacobsGHD IR Joint Venture will undertake feasibility design work, which forms a crucial part of the engineering component of the job. Orana RDA Director of Regional Development Megan…

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Respite centre project becoming a reality

The dream of having a respite centre for people with disabilities in Trangie is quickly becoming a reality thanks to funding received from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Announced in the first round of the BBRF, the Federal Government is contributing $176,000 towards the $350,000 development. Construction of the Trangie Respite Centre is now underway in Temoin…

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Applications open for Inland Rail Community Consultation Committees

Local residents will have the opportunity to shape the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, with nominations now open for Community Consultative Committees in New South Wales. The committees will cover the Narromine to Narrabri and North Star to NSW and Queensland Border projects, two greenfield sections of the 1700km project which pass through NSW.   Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism…

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Orana becomes centre for renewable energy output

Announcement of a wind farm which will generate an estimated 1000 megawatts has the power to confirm the Orana region as a hub for renewable energy. The Liverpool Range Wind Farm, between Coolah and Cassilis in the Warrumbungle area, will feature 267 turbines, making it the largest of its kind in Australia. Approval for the Epuron-owned project was granted by…