RDA Far West in partnership with RDA Orana, working alongside the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Planning and Environment, Local Government Authorities and Industry, have agreed to develop Regional Infrastructure Master Plans for the Far West and Orana regions, to provide a comprehensive infrastructure capability analysis and identify priority infrastructure projects that will drive economic growth
The Far West and Orana regions together comprise around 40% of the total state of NSW – a vast area encompassing many rural and remote communities and several medium to large inland towns. Built on the back of primary industry sectors such as Agriculture, Mining, Health Care, Public Administration and Community services, the region is home to approximately 145,000 people.
Contributing significantly to the economic vitality of the state, and to Australia’s GDP, these regions form the backbone of NSW. The future prosperity of regional NSW is positive, however, its continued competitiveness ultimately depends upon the adequacy of infrastructure and connectivity to the rest of Australia and to the world. Much of regional NSW’s existing infrastructure remains held-over from the nation’s post-war construction boom which occurred between the 1940’s and 1970’s. Since this time, however, limited upgrading of railways, roads, water pipelines, sewerage works, telecommunications, electricity and gas has occurred, leaving regional NSW with an ageing infrastructure system. Domestic and global competitiveness is essential to securing future economic growth and sustainability for NSW and this can only be achieved with modern infrastructure.
The purpose of the study is to conduct robust research and analysis into the current infrastructure capacity and systems, and future demand for such, across the region and to identify economic enablers that will grow the economy, in order to develop a supporting evidence base to inform future infrastructure projects for all levels of government. Research will be based on reviewing existing literature and conducting direct consultation with industry and local government representatives to investigate the infrastructure deficits and potential projects that will impact economic growth.
From this research and analysis, several key infrastructure priorities will be identified and will form the basis to the proposed regional infrastructure Master Plans