The Central West Industrial Park in Forbes is set on its way to become a reality following a $10 million commitment from the NSW Government this week.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole was in Forbes on Wednesday for the announcement and said it would pay for the final stage of the project that involved the construction of remaining infrastructure, the installation of gas, electricity and water infrastructure, and the installation of NBN.
“By investing in projects like this, the NSW Government is helping to strengthen economic growth and drive the state’s recovery from COVID-19,” he said.
NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the project was a game-changer for the region and ensured Forbes would be ready for growth and investment in the future.
“This project is extremely timely given the tremendous growth predicted for Forbes over the next 20 years. Forbes Shire population is expected to increase by 32% making it one of the top 20 areas of growth in NSW.”
Forbes Shire Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM welcomed the funding from the NSW Government, saying the Central West, which boasts access to the most affordable water in the region, is ripe for the development of businesses reliant on water.
“Strategically located on the Newell Highway, halfway between Melbourne and Brisbane, with approved B Double access to the site, it presents great benefits for industrial developments,” the Mayor said.
The funding builds on the $4 million contribution from the Regional Recovery Partnerships program. The $14.5 million project is funded in partnership with the Federal Government, NSW Government and Forbes Shire Council.