THE region's mining communities are set to receive a major boost thanks to a revamp of a state government initiative.
Gunnedah, Narrabri and the Liverpool Plains will be among 24 local government areas across the state which will benefit from an additional $50 million from the state government's Resources for Regions program.
All 24 shires will receive a base amount of $1 million, while a further $26 million will be allocated to the most heavily mining-affected communities.
Namoi Joint Organisation chairman and Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said the changes would allow for "a more fair and equitable program".
"I have to say, I was very pleased to be approached to be part of the consultation process in the redevelopment of this program," Cr Chaffey said.
"In the past six years of the program, we have only been successful once, but every year we have applied for a share of the money available.
"By restructuring the guidelines it will provide a wider range of ways to use the funding, gives certainty to our planning for the future and it is a just reward for our community and our contribution to the state's economy."
Liverpool Plains mayor Andrew Hope said he was pleased to see the state government throw its support behind mining communities.
"A lot of money comes out of this region in the form of royalties to the government and it is good to see it start to make its way back," Cr Hope said.
"We've been lobbying for a long time for some of that to be given back and it is really pleasing to see that start to happen."
Deputy Premier and resources minister John Barilaro said the seventh round of funding from the program would help support a variety of regional projects.
"The first six rounds of Resources for Regions delivered $295 million to mining-related towns for critical infrastructure and programs, and the revamped fund will build on that success by ensuring funding flows to where it is needed most," Mr Barilaro said.
"Every year our vibrant mining towns contribute to the NSW economy, but this success can place extra pressure on local infrastructure, or create unique and diverse needs that are specific to mining communities.
"Mining communities and organisations told us what they need and we've received those messages loud and clear, which is why the revamped program will provide funding for a wider range of projects and make it easier for councils to secure funding."