NSW Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund
A new fund will make it easier for NSW border towns to work with the NSW Government and neighbouring state governments to build critical infrastructure projects.
A new NSW Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund (CBCIF) will direct $20 million to infrastructure projects with social, economic, environmental or cultural benefits for towns along the NSW border.
“Under this new fund, the Commissioner will work with communities in NSW and neighbouring states through established cross-border agreements to identify priority projects, and secure co-investment,” NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced.
The NSW Cross-Border Commissioner was set up in 2012 to identify the differences in state and territory rules, regulations and policies causing issues for cross-border communities.
“I’m confident that this fund will continue the good work already underway in the cross-border regions, as we work towards the further reduction in regulatory duplication, the recognition of qualifications across both states and easing planning and development processes,” Mr Barilaro said.
The Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund will consider applications for projects in NSW local government areas or neighbouring jurisdictions adjacent to the NSW border.
“Projects for consideration may include improving electricity supply, developing telecommunications, accessing water supply or providing social and sporting infrastructure, all with the intention to grow and support our border regions,” Mr Barilaro said.