Mining still helping to preserve mining history

Councillors and council staff were on hand at The Great Cobar Museum on Saturday morning when NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole (at front second from right) announced more funding for the museum from the Resources for Regions program. Also present for the announcement was Nationals candidate for Barwon Annette Turner (3rd from right).

The Great Cobar Museum is set to benefit from Round Nine of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program, which supports the ongoing prosperity of mining communities in NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole was in Cobar on Saturday to announce The Great Cobar Museum would receive $313,875 for the redevelopment of displays and exhibition infrastructure as part of the Round Nine allocations from the program.

“This funding is a great win for the local community, allowing the museum to upgrade, creating new displays and exhibition spaces, brand new signage for historical displays, and an expanded collection with a new dedicated storage facility that will allow for long term collection of local history and artefacts,” Mr Toole said.

“As the original home of the administration offices of the Great Cobar Copper Mine, it’s a fitting home for Cobar’s history – and this investment will ensure it can best present that history for the benefits of locals and visitors alike.

“Resources for Regions was created to fund these types of community changing projects.

“We know mining plays a huge role in Cobar, supporting employment, business and trade, and it will continue to play a role in this community for many years to come.”

Mr Toole said Round Nine will deliver 113 projects that will help to create new jobs and stimulate local economies while delivering infrastructure and programs that provide long term benefits to regional mining communities.

“The Resources for Regions program is about giving back to these mining communities that contribute so much to the wider NSW economy,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s absolutely crucial we continue to support regional mining towns that supply our state with the resources needed to keep the lights on and the economy moving forward, and the Resources for Regions program is just another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to the future of our mining

Since 2012, the Resources for Regions program has allocated $560 million to 355 projects to support economic and social prosperity in regional NSW, with the $140 million Round Nine expanding to support communities where gas exploration or mining may occur.