The New South Wales Government has allocated a $100 million boost from its 2020-21 State Budget in a major drought recovery effort in the state’s far west, with water infrastructure a key area of focus, among others.

Minister for Western NSW, Adam Marshall, welcomed the funding, which he said would include projects and services the region had never had before.

“The residents of the state’s west have been at the coalface of the harshest drought we’ve seen, so for them this is a much-welcomed injection,” Mr Marshall said.

“At the heart of the more than $100 million for Western NSW in the Budget is funding for water infrastructure, roads and health services; projects which make a very real difference to the lives of the people in these regional and remote communities.

“Walgett and Lightning Ridge will drought-proof their water supplies with funding for the trial of new drinking water technologies, while Condobolin will benefit from $14.4 million for the delivery of a pipeline to connect the augmented bore field to town.”

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