Narromine to become home to advanced manufacturing hub

An advanced manufacturing precinct at Narromine that will create more than 250 jobs is among the latest projects to benefit from the NSW Government’s $130 million Regional Job Creation Fund.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders was joined by Premier Dominic Perrottet and Deputy Premier Paul Toole to announce an additional $55.5 million had been awarded to 69 projects across regional NSW, leveraging $180.3 million in private investment.

“No matter where you live in our State we are focused on providing the right support to ensure businesses can grow and have the confidence to invest to create and support new jobs,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The Regional Job Creation Fund has already funded projects that will create thousands of jobs and the projects now being delivered will help generate thousands more and support work for tradies and suppliers across the State.

“This program will help deliver jobs where they are needed as we recover from the pandemic by helping businesses small and large to get off the ground as well as attracting major international businesses to expand or relocate to regional NSW.”

The Regional Job Creation Fund aims to create more than 6,500 new direct jobs in regional NSW over the next three years.

It provides co-funded grants between $100,000 and $10 million to fast track projects that enable emerging industries, help businesses expand operations or provide incentives for operations to relocate to regional NSW.

Mr Toole said a $4.8 million grant will help engineering company Simmons Global relocate its operations from Western Australia to Narromine, creating up to 253 full time local jobs and providing a major boost to the State’s advanced manufacturing sector.

“This funding will help deliver an advanced manufacturing precinct that produces everything from unmanned aerial drones to solar UV monitors that tell teachers when students should play in the shade, as well as help upskill local indigenous and youth workers through apprenticeships,” Mr Toole said.

“This will drive the creation of hundreds of new jobs right here in the Central West.”

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the establishment of Simmons Global in Narromine was a great example of what the Regional Job Creation Fund is designed to deliver.

“I’m thrilled to announce we are supporting this global company in expanding its business and creating local jobs for the Central West now and into the future,” Mr Saunders said.

“By setting businesses up for success, we’re helping them attract new customers, which means more people in work and earning a wage that they will spend in local shops, supporting our local economy.”

Simmons Global CEO and Group Technical Director David Simmons said the Regional Job Creation Fund grant is providing the company with the opportunity to get ahead, establish its factory and create jobs in regional NSW.

“Narromine is the ideal location to establish a manufacturing facility for the wide array of advanced technology devices we will produce and I would like to thank the NSW Government for supporting our group and helping us transition our manufacturing back onshore to New South Wales,” Mr Simmons said.

Other companies receiving support in the latest round include storage and production upgrades for a winery in Cudal, an innovative recycling facility in Kurri Kurri and upgrades for a family owned and operated sheet metal manufacturer in Narrabri.

Round One of the Regional Job Creation Fund has now closed and Round Two will open in early 2022.

More details on the full list of recipients as part of Round One will be announced shortly.

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