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Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall and Cr Trevor Hicks announcing a southern headquaters for the Department of Regional NSW


A southern headquarters for the Department of Regional NSW will be established in Queanbeyan, creating up to 100 jobs for the region and boosting the NSW Government’s ability to deliver better services and support to the bush.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said Queanbeyan will be home to one of four new offices based in regional New South Wales.

“People in the bush face unique challenges and no town is the same, which is why the Department of Regional NSW was formed, to put rural issues front and centre of government,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Up to 100 jobs will be based in Queanbeyan, while Dubbo, Armidale and Coffs Harbour will also see up to 100 additional staff each.”

“Regional NSW has seen drought, bushfires and COVID-19 bring communities to their knees and I am determined to see this government provide better representation to make sure we get the services we deserve.”

“More than three quarters of the Department’s staff are already based in the regions and establishing the southen headquarters in Queanbeyan is a further commitment to having people living in the areas they’re working for,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We will have more staff who live and breathe regional NSW and know the local challenges and benefits of regional life and they will be in a position to help deliver the support, infrastructure and programs that their communities need.”

Mr Barilaro said locals can expect to see job opportunities advertised within the next year and with the existing premises in Queanbeyan close to capacity the NSW Government is currently investigating new options to accommodate greater staff numbers for the short-term.

“Monaro is filled with talented, smart, innovative, resilient and accomplished people and I am confident the people of Queanbeyan and the greater southern NSW region will do a fantastic job for the people of regional NSW.

“While we are arranging temporary accommodation, in the longer-term, we will be looking at a range of options including Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s new office building to support a close working relationship between local and state governments.”

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