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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


A new two stage housing project will be delivered in Bathurst thanks to $1.4m in funding from the NSW Government to support 222 new homes. Bathurst Regional Council has set aside $90,000 to fund the project totally $1.49 million.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said Bathurst Regional Council was one of 21 regional councils to benefit from the $30 million Regional Housing Fund.

“Today, I can announce $1.4m has been allocated from that fund to help implement stage one of Sawpit Creek Open Space Strategy,” Mr Toole said.

“The funding is an incentive for the council doing the planning work necessary to implement the Regional Housing Taskforce’s recommendations locally and fast-track the delivery of new housing in its region.

“Half of the funding will be given upfront, while the remainder will be delivered if the strategic planning initiative milestones have been met.”

The recommendations given by the Regional Housing Taskforce include;

- Development of a stormwater contributions plan that will allow the apportionment of costs for future housing projects in the Kelloshiel Creek catchment (Eglinton)

Mr Toole said Bathurst Regional Council will need to complete this by the end of 2022 to be eligible for the second phase of funding.

“This important planning work will lay the foundation to enable the delivery of 374 new homes in Bathurst by 2040.”

The Sawpit Creek Landscape Design provides a cycleway / footpath link from the Mitchell Highway at Windradyne, through to the existing Kath Knowles Walkway, which is adjacent to the Macquarie River and a well utilised passive recreation open space. Project includes construction of concrete footpath/cycleway, native revegetation of the open space and installation of shelters and seating.

The project will provide enhanced recreational space for local residents and will be constructed parallel to the Windy 1100 subdivision. Together, this will provide an established landscape by the time that new residents have occupied new dwellings within the subdivision.

Mayor of Bathurst, Robert Taylor said Bathurst Regional Council remains committed to pursuing all available opportunities to ensure that they can accommodate and contribute to the collective growth of regional NSW.

“The overall key objective of this project is to enable the fast-tracking of new housing supply to meet growing demand in the region providing opportunities for more affordable housing within the hub of the central west,” said Mr Taylor.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the Government is focused on getting homes built, with the right infrastructure in place from the get-go.

“We are helping 21 high-growth regional councils deliver 25 new projects that will provide services, open space and connections to fast-track a pipeline of new homes,” Mr Roberts said.

“This funding will help accelerate infrastructure and open space projects that will directly support more than 46,000 new homes where they’re needed in regional NSW.

“The strategic work needed to be done to receive this funding could pave the way for more than 113,000 new homes across these local government areas by 2040.”

Strategic planning milestones must be met by 31 December 2022 to qualify for the second phase of funding, with nominated infrastructure projects to be completed by 31 December 2023.

For more information on the Regional Housing Fund, visit


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