Matters of State | Business is booming

Business is booming in the Central West, and we’re doing all we can to keep it that way. The NSW Government has announced further support to attract more business to regional NSW, and in particular, our region.

This new investment package for regional NSW features a:

Regional Investment Attraction Fund – $20 million in grants and interest free loans targeted at offsetting government levies and duties, such as payroll tax, to eligible businesses that want to invest and grow in regional NSW, which will lead to new jobs.

Skills Relocation Assistance - $10 million in grants of up to $10,000 per eligible skilled worker to help meet the cost of moving from the city to the country, such as furniture removal and temporary accommodation for up to three months.

Investment concierge – supporting businesses investing in or moving to regional NSW, working with an appointed Regional Investment Coordinator to provide easy access to incentives, smooth the planning process, help lodge applications and liaise with government departments.

This is a great initiative that will proactively seek out businesses and showcase to them the benefits of moving to Regional NSW. Increasing the number of businesses and skilled workers in the Bathurst region means more jobs, a stronger economy and more work for our local suppliers, tradies, retailers, restaurants and cafes.

Free heavy vehicle rego 

Nobody wants to see anyone pay more than they should for essential costs such as vehicle registration, especially our farmers in regional NSW who are doing it tough. Now, farmers changes will come into effect as soon as November 1, but we’re not stopping at new registrations - any heavy vehicles registered in the past three years may also be eligible for a partial refund. This new announcement will see farmers save, on average, around $2094. We all know that what farmers need right now is rain, but these small allowances and savings also be a big help.

Grant funding open 

Grant funding can make a real difference to our local communities. It can provide different organisations with a financial boost for facilities, equipment and infrastructure; which is why I’m glad to announce yet another way your club can improve its grounds or buildings. Visit